The green mural on Whipps Cross roundabout is the only piece of 'land art' in London celebrating the Tour de France

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Borough presents capital's only Le Tour land mural Borough presents capital's only Le Tour land mural

As part of today's spectacle of the Tour de France in London, Waltham Forest Council and college students have partnered up to design a land mural.

The piece of land art on Whipps Cross roundabout, designed to be seen from the sky, was created by Leyton Sixth Form college students and artist Phil Coy.

Viewed by billions around the world and thousands on the street, the mural, depicting the geometry of a bicycle and floral motifs of the borough's most famous resident William Morris, is the only piece of land art to be created in London for today's historical event.

The location is also highlighted as a key viewing point for residents with the whole of stage 3 being screened live on a big television. Live music and entertainment will also take place at Leyton Green and the Bakers Arms and Lea Bridge Road Junction.

Principal Kevin Watson of the Essex Road sixth form said the college was delighted to be involved in the celebrations. 

He said: "The association of sport, art and celebration of local heritage brings together three themes close to the college’s heart" said Mr Watson.

Council leader Chris Robbins said the borough was to make the most of the passing through the heart of the borough, and held a Tour de France themed family fun day at Leyton Park yesterday.

"It’s fantastic for Waltham Forest to play host to the Tour and we’re looking to make the most of it by having the family fun day on Sunday and a host of celebrations today when the cyclists come through," said cllr Robbins.

Road closures along the route are expected until 6pm, with some opening earlier if all the riders and entourage have passed through before then.

 

 

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9:31am Mon 7 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Mural? I went by that over the weekend and wondered what it was, I noticed the bunting they put up between Snaresbrook Road and Lea Bridge lasted 5 minutes.

Labour Waltham Forest had months to plan and all we get is shambles again.
Mural? I went by that over the weekend and wondered what it was, I noticed the bunting they put up between Snaresbrook Road and Lea Bridge lasted 5 minutes. Labour Waltham Forest had months to plan and all we get is shambles again. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -8

9:32am Mon 7 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

This mural is now covered in white tents so what is the point of it?
This mural is now covered in white tents so what is the point of it? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -10

3:55pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Alan_1976 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
This mural is now covered in white tents so what is the point of it?
The mural was not covered by tents and was focused on by the aerial footage. Why do you insist on lying?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: This mural is now covered in white tents so what is the point of it?[/p][/quote]The mural was not covered by tents and was focused on by the aerial footage. Why do you insist on lying? Alan_1976
  • Score: 8

4:38pm Mon 7 Jul 14

driftingcowboy says...

The overall effort by the council was poor. This is surprising as they are normally quite good at organising events. There was no bunting, or anything different out along the route up at Forest Road where the cyclists enter the borough. Pity! Good opportunity to promote the borough, lost.
The overall effort by the council was poor. This is surprising as they are normally quite good at organising events. There was no bunting, or anything different out along the route up at Forest Road where the cyclists enter the borough. Pity! Good opportunity to promote the borough, lost. driftingcowboy
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Alan_1976 says...

driftingcowboy wrote:
The overall effort by the council was poor. This is surprising as they are normally quite good at organising events. There was no bunting, or anything different out along the route up at Forest Road where the cyclists enter the borough. Pity! Good opportunity to promote the borough, lost.
There was bunting.... on Friday night... then it rained on Saturday morning. So the bunting was taken down, at least what was left of it! I guess whoever was in charge of bunting didn't think to buy bunting where the glue was waterproof
[quote][p][bold]driftingcowboy[/bold] wrote: The overall effort by the council was poor. This is surprising as they are normally quite good at organising events. There was no bunting, or anything different out along the route up at Forest Road where the cyclists enter the borough. Pity! Good opportunity to promote the borough, lost.[/p][/quote]There was bunting.... on Friday night... then it rained on Saturday morning. So the bunting was taken down, at least what was left of it! I guess whoever was in charge of bunting didn't think to buy bunting where the glue was waterproof Alan_1976
  • Score: 3

9:26pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Alan_1976 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
This mural is now covered in white tents so what is the point of it?
The mural was not covered by tents and was focused on by the aerial footage. Why do you insist on lying?
It was covered by tents and barriers this morning at 6.00am
when I went past to go to work, by bike incidentally. They obviously moved them.
[quote][p][bold]Alan_1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: This mural is now covered in white tents so what is the point of it?[/p][/quote]The mural was not covered by tents and was focused on by the aerial footage. Why do you insist on lying?[/p][/quote]It was covered by tents and barriers this morning at 6.00am when I went past to go to work, by bike incidentally. They obviously moved them. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

9:29pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

driftingcowboy wrote:
The overall effort by the council was poor. This is surprising as they are normally quite good at organising events. There was no bunting, or anything different out along the route up at Forest Road where the cyclists enter the borough. Pity! Good opportunity to promote the borough, lost.
There was butting there on Saturday night and Sunday morning but was of such poor quality that the flags furled up in the overnight rain and the entire run looked like a long wire and on Sunday morning a burly bloke in a cherry picker was taking them all down again.
[quote][p][bold]driftingcowboy[/bold] wrote: The overall effort by the council was poor. This is surprising as they are normally quite good at organising events. There was no bunting, or anything different out along the route up at Forest Road where the cyclists enter the borough. Pity! Good opportunity to promote the borough, lost.[/p][/quote]There was butting there on Saturday night and Sunday morning but was of such poor quality that the flags furled up in the overnight rain and the entire run looked like a long wire and on Sunday morning a burly bloke in a cherry picker was taking them all down again. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

1:14pm Fri 11 Jul 14

T. Watts says...

driftingcowboy wrote:
The overall effort by the council was poor. This is surprising as they are normally quite good at organising events. There was no bunting, or anything different out along the route up at Forest Road where the cyclists enter the borough. Pity! Good opportunity to promote the borough, lost.
Yeah, and if the council had really made an effort, people like you would be bleating about the 'waste of council funds'. Can never please some people.
[quote][p][bold]driftingcowboy[/bold] wrote: The overall effort by the council was poor. This is surprising as they are normally quite good at organising events. There was no bunting, or anything different out along the route up at Forest Road where the cyclists enter the borough. Pity! Good opportunity to promote the borough, lost.[/p][/quote]Yeah, and if the council had really made an effort, people like you would be bleating about the 'waste of council funds'. Can never please some people. T. Watts
  • Score: 4

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