Street art

ENGAGING

Ben and his compadre Adrian painted ENGAGING, the fourth, at Old Street on Thursday and Friday 21/22 April 2016. 

CREATE

Ben's latest mural features the word CREATE. It was completed in 2014, using a similar typeface to the one he used around the Olympics site.

CHANGE

The Trust wanted to find a way to commemorate Tom's life and at the same time highlight its objectives. This became possible when a local street artist - Ben Eine - offered to spraypaint an art installation near where Tom was killed. 

Anyone living in Hackney will be familiar with Eine's giant spray-painted letters on shop window shutters and street walls. He rocketed to fame in 2009 when David Cameron's wife chose one of his prints for the Prime Minister to give to President Obama during their visit to the USA that year. 

The Trust approached Islington Council to allow it to use a wall in Old Street, close to the studio where Tom was working. Planning was agreed subject to approval by the residents at the adjacent housing estate. This was given in January 2010, but it took a further seven months before the Trust received formal approval.

 

 

 

 

 

A word was chosen that would make full use of the 70ft by 8ft available, and create questions in the minds of the thousands of people passing by. CHANGE is a plea for people to think about what they can do to make their communities better places for young people to grow up in. That was what Tom was doing when he was killed, and something the Trust wants to do through its support for the arts as a way to reach people and change attitudes. 

Within the space of a few days, the red brick wall was faced with sheets of marine ply and sealed by a builder who knew Tom and the family. Ben completed the painting almost overnight, and at no cost to the Trust, and maintained it for the next two years.

Six complete panels from CHANGE were replaced and saved. These will be
auctioned online, signed, in 2016. If you would like to know when, please
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A 4-page card and envelope of CHANGE (as below) can be purchased here
for £2 each plus p&p - the inside pages are blank, so it has
multiple uses!

 

 

 

 

 

WORTH MORE

In 2012 the Trust approached Islington Council to see if it could continue using the wall for a further two years. This was agreed and Ben proposed painting WORTH MORE in the summer.

During one of the wettest periods of the year, CHANGE was painted over with a white undercoat and the new words spray-painted. Mark One Group was able to capture the whole process, which they have made into a short film called "CHANGING CHANGE" above, showing CHANGE coming down and WORTH MORE going up. Mark One also interviewed Ben while he was filming.