South London Calling

Street art Thornton Heath, London

A stone’s throw from London’s Crystal Palace transmitter and a short walk from the sprawling centre of Croydon is a small suburb known as Thornton Heath.

There’s a real bustling South London high street with some prime buildings ready for some street art!

Cue a 1960’s residential tower block in need of some love and attention and then throw in some renown artists to help spruce up the exterior.

Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
In association with Rise Gallery artists Mark McClure, Ben Slow and We Like Static helped spruce up the building and revitalise the ageing structure.

We Like Static painted the canopy area and added a combination of dots and stripes around the entrance and ground floor area.

Whereas Mark McClure had the task of painting the huge bricked wall at the end of the tower block reaching five stories!

Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, LondonStreet art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London

Mark McClure predominently painted in a black and white palette with splashes of red, blue and yellow throughout his abstract geometric design.

Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London This work had made an already interesting street even more interesting with the geometric shapes contrasting to the rustic brickwork.

This work could be spotted a short distance away from the local train station too.
 

Whilst all the traffic whizzed by and navigated the roundabout another large mural by Ben Slow was visible as you pass by the Brigstock Road and Melford Road junction.

Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, LondonStreet art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London

Ben had painted on a large rendered wall which had a mottled surface on the gable end of the local Refugee Centre in Thornton Heath.

A really muted colour palette with the subtle blues which really stood out – especially with the blue skies and the heatwave in full effect in South East London.

The use of intentional drips only added to the atmosphere of the painting.

Street art Thornton Heath, London

Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London
Street art Thornton Heath, London

It’s always great to see street art make it’s way to help improve the local environment in such a positive way.

Check out the video below to see the work in progress.

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