I thought some of you may be interested in some rather off-the-wall, or rather on-the-wall, artwork that I came across last week on a really pretty horrible housing estate in London. I was actually on the bus heading somewhere else when this mural of a snipe caught my eye, and I decided to stop on the way back to investigate. I'm sure you'll agree it's an unusually good representation of a snipe, and certainly not what you'd expect to find adorning this particular wall. In fact, I'd say it's an unusual subject for graffiti.
On the return journey, this barn owl near the bins suggested that someone on the estate clearly had a keen interest in the sorts of birds that are to be found nowhere nearby and thought this would brighten up a miserable environment, which it certainly does.
I kept going, and after this pretty standard mural of Nelson Mandela, noticed that in the archway to the right of Madiba, the bare concrete had been decorated with some very creative political ceramics. I was particularly taken with the Big Brother representation featuring the riot police.
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Riots and its' causes were a bit of a theme. I'm particularly taken with the tile about riots being the voice of the unheard, with a member of the said unheard coming into view on the right.
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On the way back out, we encounter the dream of the Great Outdoors beyond the M25 in the form of yet another great painting of a game bird:
As I left the state, I found this brilliant Banksy-style work, and finally, I've included a view of the back of the estate so that you can see the canvas.
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I know that's not strictly stalking-related, but it's heartening to see that even in the decrepit concrete jungle, some people are dreaming of what we may sometimes take for granted. I also think this displays much more depth of thought than what we perhaps give people credit for. I don't see anything here about rioting for free trainers.