A large Olympics-themed mural has been painted on a Leyton building in Huxley Road as part of a community project.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Graffiti artist Mohammed Ali with the mural. Graffiti artist Mohammed Ali with the mural.

A LARGE Olympics-themed mural has been painted on a Leyton building as part of a community project.

Youngsters from Leyton Scouts, the Adventure Quest group, and arts organisation Soul City Arts joined professional graffiti artist Mohammed Ali to paint the artwork on the corner of Huxley Road and the High Road throughout last week.

It was funded by the Near Neighbours programme, which aims to encourage friendship between different groups in society.

The artwork includes images of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, rooftops and a silhouette of the iconic but controversial athletes who made a black power salute at the 1968 Games.

Mr Ali said he hoped the mural would prove thought-provoking to residents in the area.

He added: “The world might have come together for the Olympics but this time last year London was a place of riots and factions, this project is a perfect opportunity to transcend class, race, and faith to bring all peoples together through art.”


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10:16am Tue 14 Aug 12

Sam Hain says...

Another knock out to Mohammed Ali!
Another knock out to Mohammed Ali! Sam Hain

11:42am Tue 14 Aug 12

mdj says...

Superb! Let's hope people respect it.

It gives me an idea: how about an ongoing programme, reusing the large amount of short-term banners that get hung on our streets, for young people to create large works on the back? The best being displayed in public like this for a given period? It would give the young a sense of ownership of their streets, and the rest of us a changing scene to look forward to.
Superb! Let's hope people respect it. It gives me an idea: how about an ongoing programme, reusing the large amount of short-term banners that get hung on our streets, for young people to create large works on the back? The best being displayed in public like this for a given period? It would give the young a sense of ownership of their streets, and the rest of us a changing scene to look forward to. mdj

8:27pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Redfox says...

Why is there this perpetual focus on making the young feel part of the community they live in? They ought to be grateful in the first place they l;ive in the UK where benefits are handed out irrespective of race, colour or creed, and currently whether you bother to actively sear
Rather they should be focussed on asking their parents why they were conceived. Was it out of love to bring a child into the already crowded World, ****, or just a means of Them claiming a higher place on the housing ladder?
Nobody has the automatic right to be someone in this World until you mark a concerted effort to do something to put back into it. That starts with helping someone less fortunate than yourself-staying off drugs because you have little enough money to live on anyway, and encouraging others membership of a gang is an indication of how much you are a 'loser'.
Why is there this perpetual focus on making the young feel part of the community they live in? They ought to be grateful in the first place they l;ive in the UK where benefits are handed out irrespective of race, colour or creed, and currently whether you bother to actively sear Rather they should be focussed on asking their parents why they were conceived. Was it out of love to bring a child into the already crowded World, ****, or just a means of Them claiming a higher place on the housing ladder? Nobody has the automatic right to be someone in this World until you mark a concerted effort to do something to put back into it. That starts with helping someone less fortunate than yourself-staying off drugs because you have little enough money to live on anyway, and encouraging others membership of a gang is an indication of how much you are a 'loser'. Redfox

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