Graffiti art mural to unite disparate communities
Internationally acclaimed graffiti artist Mohammed Ali will be painting an art mural from 8-10 August on Leyton High Road.
The large scale project, funded by Near Neighbours, involves young people from youth group Adventure Quest, Leyton Scouts and arts organisation Soul City Arts.
The mural will engage visitors to the Olympics and bring local youngsters from the Leyton area together to create a thought-provoking piece of public art.
Leyton High Road has already been in the media spotlight for sprucing up its shop-fronts in time for the London 2012 Olympics. The East End has also been accused of wiping out its vibrant street art because of it being considered low brow.
Mohammed Ali’s art seeks to challenge that perception as he says “street art brings life to the concrete jungles that we live in”.
The British-born artist has produced murals in New York, Chicago, Melbourne and Dubai. The South Bank Award winner has been featured on Al-Jazeera, BBC, New York Times and many others prestigious publications.
Talking about the upcoming project, he said: “The world might have come together for the Olympics but this time last year London was a place of riots and factions, this project is a perfect opportunity to transcend class, race, and faith to bring all peoples together through art.”
The mural is located on the corner of Huxley Road and Leyton High Road, on the side of the Kebabish Original Restaurant.
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