I have made a mural on every building in the estate, sometimes more than one.
Some of the murals will last long – until the demolition – because they are painted.
Some will melt in the rain and disappear; rain I didn’t expect to have in such quantity, but hey – c’est la vie.
A lot of people have come – and are still coming – to see the project . If you come, pop into the studio and say hi. It’s featured as part of the Shoreditch Fringe Festival.
Many blogs and articles have followed the project, calling it “the biggest street art project by a single artist in the UK.”
I guess it is. I didn’t set out with that particular goal. I just had a whole estate in front of me and I had to see if I could really do it.
I proved that it can be done. Without any “name” or support or sponsorship. Without decent weather, even. With a lot of energy and determination and great assistants.
I have learned a lot from this project and am still working out what some of what I’ve experienced is all about. I’ll be writing these thoughts over the next few weeks, and putting up some more photos, but for now I just want to chill out in the studio and walk around the estate and look at the murals, and plan what I’ll do next.
I did say I was going to look at another wall and so it was ..
But the forecast is unrelenting and it’s raining again. So no live drawing outside for the foreseeable future.
Sorry to let anyone down, but drawing in the rain just can’t be done.
a wet wall – I drew on it when it was sunny but after a day of rain you can see what happens to it, no drawing possible.
Having said that, I am not going to cry about it. This is the wettest spring and summer since before records began. Huge areas of the UK are flooded and people have lost homes, businesses and, in some awful cases, lives.
just rain and more rain
So if we just have to postpone our art projects for a while , we can live with that.
There will be more photos, and eventually video! Super-talented students and staff from SAE INSTITUTE the nearby Film and Audio-engineering school over on Kingsland Road came and helped out massively. They filmed and photographed the whole day, and even did a splendid DJ set. Thanks so much to Stefano, Lisa, Binita, Charles, Abdel, Nick and Jordan! (NB. SAE will be doing the upcoming Shoreditch Festival so keep an eye out for some great stuff there!)
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.