“With a major concentration of artists and studio spaces, this canalside community is a hub of creativity and innovation. Set alongside long-established residential and business communities, this has become one of London’s most exciting new destinations.”
Hackney Wick is a special place in London – Fish Island in particular. It is located in a hidden pocket which you may find by accident while walking around the newly built Olympic park, but in general – you need to be introduced to the area in order to understand it. All of the studios and the quirky residents make the area what it is – a creative hub.
Living Walls – Public Art
Recently during one of my walks in the area, I noticed this wall along one of the new paths around the Olympic stadium. It’s facing Fish Island and represents the most common sights in the block – the industrial estates, the studios, the cafes, the landmarks, a few piles of rubbish on the floor, the brick buildings, the funny wall signs. It’s drawn as a flat picture in perspective and somewhere 3D elements occur in the wall. There are even windows which are lit and I dare you to check what’s in inside.
Meet me in the city, Jo Peel
I thought it must be made by someone who lives locally, otherwise there is no chance the artist would know the area so well. Later I did some research and was pleased to find out about the artist who did it.
It’s a love story, as much about the love for a place as for another person. Jo Peel’s wall makes use of her signature cityscapes and includes local landmarks in both two and three dimensions. Having watched the Olympic Park and stadium being built, Peel said it was “great to be asked to work in the space. I had been photographing the area and watching the concrete being poured from Hackney Wick so it was interesting to get to be on the other side of the wall.“ She points out how the area has changed as prices in Hackney Wick have risen, adding: “It’s difficult to maintain a community in a place of such flux, but I wanted to reflect the identity of Hackney Wick in my mural. With so many buildings due for demolition it will be interesting to see how many of the images I have chosen become history during the next five years.”
Here are a few shots I snapped with my phone:
And some pictures I found on other blogs (click on each photo to visit its website):
Jo Peel’s project: Meet me in the city