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Freshly painted ‘mural on the marsh’ in Walthamstow vandalised
A mural created by local artists to cover up graffiti blighting railway arches on Walthamstow Marsh was defaced hours after being completed.
A group of 12 artists, helped by more than 100 residents, created a series of paintings inspired by local wildlife.
The mural was finished yesterday, but was found to have been vandalised with gold paint this morning.
However, event organiser Fabien Ho had treated the new artwork with anti-graffiti lacquer.
And after a quick scrub, the mural was restored to its former glory.
Mr Ho, 37, of Coppermill Lane in Walthamstow, believes the mural will have a positive impact.
He said: “I’m very excited because there were lots of people down there who had never been to the marsh before.
“I think it will raise awareness of the wildlife around here and get people to look after the marsh, protect it and take ownership of it.
“All the creatures we have painted are what make the marsh unique.”
An event to celebrate the new artwork will take place on September 7 at 1pm.
The mural can be found by entering the marsh through the Coppermill Lane car park and following the footpath to the train tracks.