During the whole project The King’s Land the process of creating murals over an entire derelict housing estate was being documented by film and photography.
The film, TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND (running time 23:00) is complete and is being released by New Reel Films. It’s being submitted to festivals at present. For more about the film, click on the menu above.
A few months back the BBC sent a crew to film the King’s Land and Studio75, and interview me. (read about it here). Well the film is finally out.
As part of the London Calling season, BBC World Service has been discovering some of the quirkier areas of the Olympic city. In this episode Selin Girit from BBC Turkish explores Dalston in the east of the city. Actually Studio75 is on the border right between Shoreditch and Dalston and so we qualified for both episodes (Shoreditch one here) but we got to be in the Dalston one; Dalston’s just north of us, which the BBC is calling the “hippest place in London”.
It’s pretty cool to be “representing” London internationally like this. Anyway, the film is nice and gives a real flavour of what it’s like around here – when the weather’s good 😉
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 …
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.
It’s amazing how sun changes absolutely everything. Got on with murals this weekend and by Sunday night had produced these:
Below: On Saturday evening as I was in the studio the local Asbos (Antisocial juvenile delinquents) came and ripped the right side of the mural. On Sunday I repaired it so here you can see both versions.
And the big whale is finally on the wall, after swimming around the studio for too long:
I’m lucky to have really great, hardworking and dedicated assistants on the project. Here’s Anna, who was here on Sunday.
I can hardly believe it. Yesterday it was marginally sunny and nice and I got ready to get out and do murals. But my assistant could not make it so I put it off till Thursday – today. I wake up today and it’s RAIN AGAIN. I mean – AGAIN!
That means we had one (count it ONE) dry and barely-sunny day since exactly 1 April.
I’m glad I didn’t do a mural yesterday cos it would not have had time to dry properly. Lesson to be learned: paste-ups are a risk in England. But even if I was using paint, the walls are streaming and nothing would work. The old crumbly walls hold a lot of damp too, that’s why whatever you’re using needs some time to dry.
please put me on the wall!
On another note, the project is featured in the excellent blog “MiddleEastLondon”