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.
Hi all. While I was doing the King’s Land – now finished but still available for view (see map for details) I stopped writing in my personal blog. But now I have gone back to it and am featuring new work and more.
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.
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.
What is it about eyes that make them so compelling? This wall is dominated by eyes! It’s the second time I have done this wall; the first mural was destroyed by rain. It is a great wall to work on, right next to the studio.
Someone called me the “Ink Butcher” on Facebook.
Again, I want to thank my assistant Alessandra Tortone, above, who dedicated another day of her time to work with me on putting up the mural.
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.