The Brandon Estate in Kennington Park was in
need desperate need of some care and attention after it had spent years at the
mercy of spray paint and graffiti. Local residents felt that the 60m stretch of
wall that shielded their estate from Kennington Park harkened back to the days
of gang culture and violence, a time the locals were keen to leave behind.
Brewers Decorator Centre in Peckham branch was
approached by local group Bee Urban to help out with an ambitious community
scheme, in association with The Brandon Tenants Residents Association.
The aim was to paint a massive mural along a 60m wall, making it one of the
longest murals in London.
Brewers store manager Jimmy Thomson was
delighted to help by donating over 150 litres of Albany Paint to the community
project. The Peckham store were blown away by the enthusiasm of Bee
Urban’s Barnaby Shaw as his team strove to overcome the negative image created
about the estate, seeking instead to highlight a very different message.
Half Hexagon 8 presents a bit of a change that
the artists, Jack and Tom, implemented with the students from High Shore.
Returning readers will have noticed that the majority of designs have come from
drop-in sessions or from the artists visiting community centres. With this design,
they had something new and inspiring in mind that broke this mould. Instead of
visiting the students, the boys had the students come to the wall in Kennington
Park so as to design their own concepts using their imagination that was
inspired by the beauty and life of the park around them.
Whilst some of the designs had already been
created in the classroom and then transferred onto the wall (such as the
portrait of Bob Marley), many of the images were designed and painted on the
day the kids came to the park.
The star of the show is undoubtedly the dragon
who soars over the mystical land the children designed, filled with giant blue
cats, enormous bumbling bees and walking trees! The dragon was designed and
panted by one of the students who showed real determination and hard work by
visiting the all almost every day to help, oftentimes after school!