Street Art Shoreditch 2017

I went on another street art tour around Shoreditch. This is a review and I thoroughly recommend it if you are free one afternoon in London.

a Banksy – you sort of need one of these to be a Street Art tour…

It is a fascinating thing to do, often confusing as you come across a wall or door absolutely in covered in stickers and linocuts, stencils and screenprints, 3-D faces and titled patterns.

Bambi who is styled as the female Banksy…

It’s uncurated, unconventionally and utterly compelling.

Some is commissioned, some permittted and some illegal.

It’s also international. I’ve raved about London for years as a multicultural hodge-podge and I genuinely think there are few if any with the international variety that co exists in London.

That is equally true of bastard bankers, flighty fashionistas as well as avant-garde artists.

I enjoy the politics and the humour. I love some of the scale and the surrealism.

But overall I just adore the fact that it’s here one minute and gone the next, always being capped (or painted over).

My tour took me from Brushfield street next to Spitalfields, across Commercial street to Brick Lane,

North along Brick Lane until the Truman brewery and then a meandering north and west until we reached Shoreditch station

and onto Shoreditch high street.

If you go stick your nose into the alleys and courtyards.

Look up and look down;

look small and step back for the big.

 

There’s just so much. One special piece is the cycle of futility; if you download an app this picture

Plays as an animation, just by holding you phone up towards the piece. Amazing. View it here

Personal favourites were:

Chet and his subversion of the street signs

Jonesy and his brass fittings that held an environmental message – he uses the motif of an Egyptian mythological creature Uroboros eating its own tail to represent how we waste our planet’s resources – this is an article about him

And Gregos and his faces

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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13 Responses to Street Art Shoreditch 2017

  1. Mary Smith says:

    Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. josypheen says:

    Awesome photos!!
    I think this is why I love the section of the capital ring that goes through Hackney. The art is totally different each time I have been through, but always amazing.

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  3. tidalscribe says:

    I love wandering around London, but don’t know this part; what a wonderful outing this would make for our camera club. thanks for sharing these great pictures.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    You just got to love the city, it is just the best!! So eclectic 💜

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  5. I haven’t been to Shoreditch thanks for the introduction Geoff. I enjoy arty places. 🙂

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  6. A great, comprehensive, tour, Geoff

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  7. Thank you for sharing those so I can see them. I’ll probably never get to London in this lifetime but I love all the street art. The Trump art is my favorite. Try 100% NUTS! Trying to figure out how the hell that happened and how can we make it go away.;( The shoes hanging up were pretty darn good too but I did like every bit.

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  8. I love a bit of street art so thanks for sharing this with us, Geoff. Those tweaked street signs are pretty good and that Cycle of Futility is brilliant. Not keen on the faces though, I am a little creeped out by them the same way as I am by some masks!

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