IT’S THE OPENING of the project today but I could not resist bloggin this photos. Last night at about 9 pm I completed the last ever King’s Land mural. It is 2 full colour murals on upper balconies of the bricked off building. (this is just one of the 2)
These 2 were actually the first murals I did but i soon realised that the heaviness of them (acrylic on paper) would not stand up to the weather if put in an unprotected place. And for sure the weather turned out worse than anyone ever expected this season! But yesterday my good friend DJ MR TAD brought me a scaffold and so Anna and I were able to get up onto the bricked off balcony and mount these murals in a place where they’d be protected. The bricked off bit was pretty vile though, a sludge of dead rats and sewage from the broken drains, all kinds of crap we had to stand in it when we put up the murals. Will never forget that!
Ok it’s time to go off to the party. After 3 months hard labour I’d like to say I’m gonna relax and enjoy the fruits of my labour but actually I a won’t be able to: I am booked for a gig of live drawing at the Lost Dawn club night in Kings Cross at 11 pm till 2 am. And tomorrow I have to go look at a new wall …
That’s it, it’s true THE KING’S LAND is really the biggest street art project in London by one artist. And we are celebrating it!
Nazir has done this project almost single handedly. He has been ably assisted by Anna Chiarini , and also by Rita Ruggeri and Alessandra Tortone. His friends Tony Lee and Valentin Manz have also contributed terrific work to the murals. But in the end it has been Naz who’s done it – without sponsorship, on his own initiative – an art work that is there for everyone to enjoy, regardless of who they are.
The project is finishing today and the murals will remain until the building is finished. We will post the remaining murals and then we’ll post the final stages as the building is hoarded and then torn down and the murals are no more.
And after that, the film.
– Gillian McIver; project manager and documentation.
On 30 June the King’s Land will be completed, officially. As you will know if you’ve been following this blog, it’s been a good few months of making murals and remaking them. After June 30 though, the murals will stay as they are until the building comes down, in late autumn. I’ll have covered every building on the estate.
So, those of you who are in or near London, please do come on Saturday and celebrate the project. I can’t promise great weather, but I can promise art and music.
the murals are pretty much done, but there are some things that need to happen between now and “official” launch of the final vision on 30 June. The rain is coming thick and fast again so I will need to repair the existing murals. Depending on how much rain, they might need to be remade. I have more than enough drawings for that already. Second, Tony Lee, my friend and fellow artist, has made some drawings for the project which we’ll install in time -.just before the 30th
Meanwhile I am working in the studio as usual; if there’s a spot of dry weather do pop on down, see the murals and say hi.
The King’s Land has started to attract attention. After the local press did some great features (thanks Hackney Citizen, Hackney Gazette and Made in Shoreditch) and the Londonist and many bloggers, both the BBC and CNN have been by to document the project. It’s great to see the interest spreading and also to learn what people find intriguing about the project.