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.
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 …
The weather has been really awful for April! Very cold, which makes it hard to be mobile when dong the fine work, and occasional very heavy showers that come and undo your work soon as you’re happy with it.
Still, we’re going strong. This wall on Laburnum Street was completed yesterday:
Today I arrived at the studio and I found a note that had been slipped in the door before I got there. It’s not from any one I know, and this note moved me very much and made me remember – despite the rain and cold, the vandals, the expense, and the sheer hard work – exactly WHY I am doing this crazy mural project.
Here it is:
For those of you out there who don’t know, Oxfordshire is not anywhere near East London and I really appreciate the effort to come and see the work, and to write me a note of appreciation.