Demolition….. man!

Usually a good indicator of how well a city is developing is the amount of street art that it attracts. (really???)

Sometimes it’s organised events whereas other times it’s much more organic and just appears (where’s this going?) – but it’s also a sign when new major developments are occuring in a city. Hence it’s always great when a huge building is demolished leaving way for some fantastic street art to appear in the process. (ah right!?)

And that’s exactly what’s happening below……

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

There seems to be an unwritten rule that buildings due for demolition are fair game for the odd bit of street art – where it doesnt really make much difference as it will all be gone VERY soon.

Once the building has been demolished it then also provides more canvasses in the form of hoardings usually erected around the site.

Sometimes developers like to brand them with their own identity but here in this construction project in London the developers have encouraged artists to decorate the hoardings for them with a street jam arranged in October.

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Artists from across the UK turned up to paint on the many meters of virgin hoarding – probably quite a few hundred meters worth!

Artists included Core 246, The Real Dill, Ink Devils, Kaes, Tizer ID, Squirl and The Lost Souls.

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

This area of Shoreditch in London has seen an increase of street art over the last few years with buildings set aside for future developments becoming temporary car parks and alas a gallery for some street art.

This area is bordered by the following streets – Ravey Street, Willow Street and Blackall Street.

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Whilst demolition work continued on the car park area other remedial works began on the main site with groundwork preparations taking place.

Willow Street has always been a mecca for paste-ups and stencils so it was great at last to see the other side of the narrow street full of street art – something of an 80’s sci-fi movie revival theme going on here!

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London
Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

The hoardings extended onto the main Shoreditch high street where a few more high profile artists were given space and painted during the summer months including these works from Dan Kitchener and Amara Por Dios.

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

The event attracted such a wide combination of different styles from the street art world. What was around the next corner?

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Essentially this is an active building site but they have still provided routes through and the odd view into the vacant space.

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

It is hoped that this space will last around two years so there is loads of opportunity for more work to appear here for long to come yet!

Let’s hope a few more buildings from the 70s and 80s are going to be demolished in Cardiff soon!

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London
Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, LondonStreet art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London

The full set of photos from the area can be viewed at the link below:-

Street art in Willow St and Blackall Street, London
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