Reinstate the Highbury Grove Mural
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27 year old Mural destroyed by Council in act of "municipal vandalism"
Days after the landmark Dalston Peace Mural, at Dalston junction, emerged from its scaffolding after extensive restoration and preservation works, less then a mile and half down the road, Islington Council were ripping down a 27 year old mural, in Highbury, in a mind numbing act of municipal vandalism.
The arts department of the Labour-run council had been working on a proposal to restore the Highbury Grove mural after a long campaign by local residents, the mural was painted on a gable end by artists and school children in 1986. The Council had spoken to the original artists and were preparing a bid for the £10,000 cost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Sadly Council officers in the Councils housing department last week authorised its removal giving no warning. As a result monies from the HLF will now not be forth coming. Along with residents it is understood that the council’s arts department are “beside themselves” with anger at the blunder.
The issue has received coverage in the local press: http://www.islingtontribune.com/news/2014/sep/highbury-grove-mural-torn-down-town-hall-blunder-sees-popular-artwork-‘obliterated’;
This mural began its life in 1986. It was designed by muralist Dave Bangs and worked on with assistants Karen Gregory, Diana Leary and Jane Margrave. To do the work a scaffold was put up and over 15 months, a scene of local wildlife was painted onto the wall of a Victorian town house overlooking Highbury Grove School and a day centre for people with disabilities.
The mural depicts 61 species of common wild plants and small animals which can be found in neighbourhood surrounding the mural. Many of the plants were painted from real life and a numbered key was placed next to the mural listing the names of all the species included. At the top of the mural, overlooking the sea of plants appears portraits of pupils from the adjacent school.
Local residents have launched a campaign to pressurise the Council to reinstate the mural to its original design.
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