Marking one year since the Grenfell fire disaster struck this part of London – it is clear to see how the community has come together to help support each other and fight for justice in what was allowed to occur at this tower.
Tributes were apparent throughout the Grenfell area from residents, children and visitors who felt compelled to help and support the neighbourhood.
The Grenfell tower still stands tall where it has a banner stating ‘FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS’ acting as a daily reminder for everyone that passes through the area of how 72 people tragically lost their lives here.
On Saturday 16th June the Grenfell Graffiti Jam was held at the neighbouring Trellick Tower in memory of the 72 people and to help raise money for organisation ‘Kids on the green‘
So just a quick hop on the tube over to the location of the Grenfell Graffiti Jam at The Trellick Tower which is currently undergoing renovations.
This well known graffiti spot attracted a whole host of writers and street artists to paint at The Grenfell Graffiti Jam with every inch of the yard getting new work.
There was lots of different styles but all with the similar message of ‘Justice for Grenfell’ including messages of ‘Lives before profit’ and ‘Give the people what they want and need’
Towering over the yard is the huge concrete structure of The Trellick Tower and some other smaller tower blocks too – from where the graffiti can be seen from every angle.
A large green heart took centre stage where also recently a lot of buildings turned green to mark the one year anniversary.
This free event will be held in the memory of the Grenfell disaster – we aim to celebrate the lives that were saved, as well as remembering those who have been lost.
The event will include: live DJs, break dancing and B-boys, live painting, a childrens’ art corner and a merchandise stall and much more.This is an event for all ages, we are welcoming to anyone who would like to support this cause.
ALL proceeds on the day will go directly to @kidsonthegreen – an organisation set up by the local community, for those who were affected by the Grenfell fire; providing a safe space for creative arts, and after-school activities, as well as many other services for the younger community.
The aim of the event is to have fun and enjoy the day, but to be respectful and always remember that a year ago, 72 were lost. This will be marked by a 72 second silence held in memory of those who lost their life. – Facebook event page
Artist David Enos crafted this delightful jam and toast combo titled ‘Graff jam’ – where he was spreading a lil’ care and consideration to the masses!
Always a fan of typography and here this artist has gone to great lengths to create this Grenfell text.
Hearts were a common theme throughout as reflected in this piece by Carleen De Sozer and her interpretation of someone taking care of the tower.
From one Grenfell legend to the hip hop mantra from Afrika Bambaataa of ‘love, peace, unity and having fun.‘ – there really was a wide range of ideas on offer.
There was also some great work from Jasmin Lunar and a whole range of work below.
Placards also contained the messages ‘Justice for Grenfell’ and ‘United for Grenfell’ whilst some well used stencils lie nearby.
Everything was really moving and such a great tribute to Grenfell – but my favourite piece was this by FC or FU?
At first glance it was nice enough and I even considered whether it was part of the jam or not. Then I saw that reflection in the eyes – it was so so powerful.
Donations can still be made via the link below:-