Walthamstow residents are "the salt of the earth" says mural artist Chirs Bracey, owner of Gods Own Junkyard

The mural costing £13,000 was finished on Friday by artists Chris Bracey and Jon Blake

The mural costing £13,000 was finished on Friday by artists Chris Bracey and Jon Blake

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A new mural painted directly opposite one of the borough's busiest tube stations pays tribute to Walthamstow's strong industrial heritage.

Artist's Chris Bracey and Jon Blake of Walthamstow completed the large-scale artwork on Blackhorse Lane on Friday after starting on the design a year ago.  

The mural facing Blackhorse Road station sits above a supermarket and was commissioned by Waltham Forest Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA) at the cost of £13,000.

Mr Bracey, 59, is the owner of Walthamstow's iconic neon sign shop Gods Own Junkyard, based in Shernall Street, and has worked and lived in the E17 area his entire life. 

The artwork welcoming visitors 'to the home of people who make and create' depicts art on the left, painted by Mr Blake known as 'Gothic John' and industry by Mr Bracey on the right. 

"Amazing things are still made in Walthamstow, as reflected in the mural from Dunhill pipes, Dunhill leather goods, shaving brushes for over a century, engineering and more artists than you could shake a paint brush at.

"It is still the home of people who make and create," said Mr Bracey. 

He hopes the artwork, dedicated to Walthamstow residents, will be appreciated. 

"I love the mural and I hope it puts a smile on people’s faces.

"So many hard working people live in E17, I hope they realise this is a salute to them and their fore bearers.

"Walthamstow people are the salt of the earth; they deserve recognition as they keep London running."

Part-painted and part made of cut-out painted shapes and shimmer discs, the mural is a permanent feature and has a life expectancy of 20 years.

 

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12:02pm Fri 11 Jul 14

jonny mash says...

What a waste of money. This cash should have been paid directly to the McMuffin's film club to help them buy the old cinema next to the brand new cinema which is being built on the arcade site. The mural is opposite the beloved Standard Music venue which closed 3 years ago and has been derelict ever since, the artwork should have included a smashed guitar or a monkey covering it's ears to reflect the lack of music venues in the local area." Walthamstow people are the salt of the earth" - how patronising, sounds like something you'd hear a new arrival in Walthamstow Village say
What a waste of money. This cash should have been paid directly to the McMuffin's film club to help them buy the old cinema next to the brand new cinema which is being built on the arcade site. The mural is opposite the beloved Standard Music venue which closed 3 years ago and has been derelict ever since, the artwork should have included a smashed guitar or a monkey covering it's ears to reflect the lack of music venues in the local area." Walthamstow people are the salt of the earth" - how patronising, sounds like something you'd hear a new arrival in Walthamstow Village say jonny mash
  • Score: -28

2:14pm Fri 11 Jul 14

LynGol says...

If you havn't seen this yet, make a point to go and have a look, Its just lovely and boosts an area that up until recently has looked quite drab.
Lets keep this going and look at all of the other areas that could do with a bit of a make over.
Love the way the shop signs have been uplifted to.
Well done x
If you havn't seen this yet, make a point to go and have a look, Its just lovely and boosts an area that up until recently has looked quite drab. Lets keep this going and look at all of the other areas that could do with a bit of a make over. Love the way the shop signs have been uplifted to. Well done x LynGol
  • Score: 10

2:17pm Fri 11 Jul 14

sahw says...

No Toilet Paper, though! Andrex was invented and produced in St Andrews Road paper mill.
No Toilet Paper, though! Andrex was invented and produced in St Andrews Road paper mill. sahw
  • Score: 10

3:17pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

LynGol wrote:
If you havn't seen this yet, make a point to go and have a look, Its just lovely and boosts an area that up until recently has looked quite drab.
Lets keep this going and look at all of the other areas that could do with a bit of a make over.
Love the way the shop signs have been uplifted to.
Well done x
Makes the area an eyesore and one you would want to drive right through, painting a period property is an act of vandalism and to pay for it is even worse.
[quote][p][bold]LynGol[/bold] wrote: If you havn't seen this yet, make a point to go and have a look, Its just lovely and boosts an area that up until recently has looked quite drab. Lets keep this going and look at all of the other areas that could do with a bit of a make over. Love the way the shop signs have been uplifted to. Well done x[/p][/quote]Makes the area an eyesore and one you would want to drive right through, painting a period property is an act of vandalism and to pay for it is even worse. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -33

8:49am Sat 12 Jul 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

Confirmation that the GLA and the LBWF must be awash with cash.
Must be time for a council tax reduction.
Confirmation that the GLA and the LBWF must be awash with cash. Must be time for a council tax reduction. MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: 2

11:38am Mon 14 Jul 14

Andrewfd says...

Not really convinced as somewhat "naive" work. An interesting idea but could have been better and money could have been used on local people rather than what seems a little like self promotion of LBWF
Not really convinced as somewhat "naive" work. An interesting idea but could have been better and money could have been used on local people rather than what seems a little like self promotion of LBWF Andrewfd
  • Score: -2

1:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

T. Watts says...

Cornbeefur!!!!!

Your little glove puppets 'Villagecranberry' and 'Jonny Mash' just aren't generating the responses you want, are they?

Go back to the classic works - y'know the green toothed lefties on the Orford Rd and the darleks...
Cornbeefur!!!!! Your little glove puppets 'Villagecranberry' and 'Jonny Mash' just aren't generating the responses you want, are they? Go back to the classic works - y'know the green toothed lefties on the Orford Rd and the darleks... T. Watts
  • Score: 4

5:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

jonny mash says...

T. Watts wrote:
Cornbeefur!!!!! Your little glove puppets 'Villagecranberry' and 'Jonny Mash' just aren't generating the responses you want, are they? Go back to the classic works - y'know the green toothed lefties on the Orford Rd and the darleks...
Corned Beef? No thank you I am a vegetarian, if you ask the McMuffins nicely they might show the 1960's Doctor Who and the Darleks film starring Peter Cushion and Roy Castle. The former is not included in the list of 13 Doctors who battled the Darleks because his character is called Doctor Who (rather than The Doctor) and is half human in the film.
[quote][p][bold]T. Watts[/bold] wrote: Cornbeefur!!!!! Your little glove puppets 'Villagecranberry' and 'Jonny Mash' just aren't generating the responses you want, are they? Go back to the classic works - y'know the green toothed lefties on the Orford Rd and the darleks...[/p][/quote]Corned Beef? No thank you I am a vegetarian, if you ask the McMuffins nicely they might show the 1960's Doctor Who and the Darleks film starring Peter Cushion and Roy Castle. The former is not included in the list of 13 Doctors who battled the Darleks because his character is called Doctor Who (rather than The Doctor) and is half human in the film. jonny mash
  • Score: -3

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