THE GREYHOUND MURAL LATEST

THE GREYHOUND MURAL LATEST

The Greyhound mural is finally installed, although no-one told us and you can’t see it! The building hasn’t been finished and is derelict, but strangely the mural has been installed and is covered in scaffolding. We were contacted by the South London Press about the mural and made it to the front page! It  was a lot of  work to get the mural finished since we won the competition. We (Lee, Ariana and Sandra, the team who worked on the mural) collected thousands of images from the local community, got the greyhound illustrated before we converted the image into the pixelated mural. We even designed the grass, carefully placing wild flowers so the images we received in so many different colours worked in the final ‘pixelated’ image. It’s been really well received by the local community. It seems such a shame that the mural has been installed on a building that still needs major building works which could mean the mural is damaged in the process. The finished building would be a GREAT ASSET to the local community that is undergoing regeneration. We  hope that all parties involved in this project work together to ensure the building is completed to a high standard, as soon as possible.  We would also quite like to see the mural now it’s installed. We will update you once we know more. Be good....
KIRKDALE BRANDING & GHOST SIGN MURALS

KIRKDALE BRANDING & GHOST SIGN MURALS

We were commissioned by Tony Buckley of SEE3, the Portas Pilot in Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill, to come up with ideas to help regenerate Kirkdale. Kirkdale is rather long with two distinct shopping areas split by a large stretch of residential housing. Many people coming out of Sydenham Station don’t know it has two parts. It is blessed by some amazing architecture, although sadly it has fallen into decline over the years and suffers from low footfall. We spoke to local traders and shared our ideas. We were told the area didn’t feel ‘proud of itself’, or ‘people don’t know this is still Kirkdale’. A few years ago the traders in Kirkdale, led by a local estate agent, had rebranded the area ‘Kirkdale Village’ but this proved unpopular in some quarters and historically Kirkdale was never a village. We believe that branding should be based on truth. The first step was to work on the name to solve the issue of the two shopping areas of Kirkdale. We researched the history of the area, again working with local historian Steve Grindlay (as we did on the mural on the Greyhound Pub in the other part of Kirkdale). ‘Kirkdale High Street’ was the chosen name as it harks back to it’s original name (Kirkdale was Sydenham’s original high street). The branding was based on the writing on the elegant High Street Buildings: The Branding: We designed ‘ghost sign’ style typographic murals for the side roads, lovingly hand painted by Peter O’Connor on the most visible strategic points in Kirkdale. The murals use a combination of ingredients already existing in Kirkdale. The border of one of the signs...