Grenfell Tower victims honoured in new mural

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

The brand new mural in London at Village Underground, to honour the victims and survivors of Grenfell Tower – has been completed and revealed today in a full photo gallery below created by the renowned English street artist Ben Eine, featuring a poem written about the disaster by the Booker Prize-winning Nigerian writer Ben Okri – marks the one-month anniversary of a fire that claimed at least 80 lives.

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

Paint the Change, a street art and social justice project, and Village Underground, the London venue where the mural will be painted, are sponsoring the work. The HSS hire company also provided discounted equipment.

Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker who has lived in London for over a decade, started Paint the Change to stimulate dialogue around urgent social issues through the arts. The Grenfell fire artwork is the project’s first mural.

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

“I love London and I’m fucking angry,” Bahari said. “I love my city with all its history of wars, riots, swinging, resilience and diversity. I love the fact that dozens of nationalities live (mostly) peacefully together, and that we have the only Muslim mayor of all major western cities. But I’m angry about the chasm in this city. I’m furious that we don’t know, and we don’t care to know, about our neighbours. Like most people, I felt saddened and shocked when I saw the images of Grenfell Tower on fire. My anger was soon turned into helplessness and hopelessness. How could this happen? How could we allow dozens of innocent people to die because of the greed and carelessness of a few people?”

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

Okri’s poem “Grenfell Tower, June, 2017”, composed in the days after the fire and first broadcast on Channel 4 News and published in the Financial Times, will be rendered across the 120-square-metre wall of the Village Underground on Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, east London. The lines “You saw it in the tears of those who survived” will appear in Eine’s colourful style – with the full 1,600-word poem appearing across the wall as the background to the main text.

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

“I couldn’t stop crying when I saw that had Ben Okri said it all in his beautiful poem,” Bahari added, explaining his choice of Okri’s poem for the mural. “I repeated one line for days: ‘You heard it in the cries in the air howling for justice.’ This mural is our attempt to share Ben’s poem with rest of the world. We wanted to have this wall close to the burnt tower, but the tower is already there.”

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

Okri won the 1991 Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road. He was born in Nigeria and educated in England before taking up poetry and fiction in the 1970s. His writing has touched on political and social issues since the beginning of his career. Okri lives near the North Kensington neighbourhood where the fire took place.

“I think it is an extraordinary idea,” Okri said, referring to the mural of his poem. “Anything that can draw attention to that outrage to humanity, anything that can commemorate the dead and help the survivors has my support.”

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

Eine’s work has appeared across east London and other cities around the world for over a decade. He was asked to design the Amnesty International 50th anniversary poster in 2011; a year earlier, in 2010, the former UK prime minister David Cameron presented an Eine work as a gift to former US president Barack Obama.

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

“As a Londoner,” Eine said, “with deep roots in the city’s subculture, I am proud and privileged to be involved in this important and historic initiative. Our hope for this mural, which we’re painting in response to the Grenfell fire, is that it will help keep this discussion alive and bring the victims and survivors out of the shadows so that they can receive justice. I’m happy that my skills can try to help make a positive difference after such an awful tragedy.”

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

Paint the Change grew out of Bahari’s street art and human rights project, Education Is Not A Crime, which has produced more than 40 murals around the world and two documentary films to raise awareness of education inequality. The new project will use public art and film to address issues from injustice against minorities to environmental degradation and other social causes.

“Our wall in Shoreditch is an attempt to reflect the anger in west London in our corner of the city,” Bahari said. “We’re honoured to have Ben Okri’s blessing, and proud to be working with Ben Eine who’s going to create a new masterpiece on this wall.”

New work by Ben Eine at Village Underground to honour the Grenfell Tower victims

Village Underground has hosted murals on its Holywell Lane wall for 10 years – visible to thousands of people a day.

The new mural will be painted over 18-19 July and interviews can be arranged with Okri, Eine and Bahari at the site.

Visit here for more info www.paintthechange.me
Facebook: /paintthechangeglobal
Inatagram: @paintthechangeglobal

Street Art Roundup Vol 54

Street Art Roundup of Wall Murals & Urban Art

Volume 54

Presenting for your viewing pleasure Street Art Roundup volume 54 in the ongoing appreciation of the urban artists of the world.  Life seems to get increasingly complicated as we grow older, jobs become more important and more stressful, family has it’s own pressures and we can become more cynical and disillusioned with life itself.  But the simplicity of a piece of art will never change.  Like when we sit down and enjoy a great meal with great company it is easy to forget the simple pleasures and the appreciation for something beautiful.  The creation of it, is something so simple but for lack of a better word divine and we can find it everyday.  Hope you enjoy the collection 🙂

Check out more amazing urban art, street art graffiti and great wall murals in Mr Pilgrim’s street art blog.

Street Art Roundup : Alexis Diaz at work Honolulu (Feb 2015)

Alexis Diaz at work Honolulu (Feb 2015)

Street Art Roundup: Amanda Lynn street art in Wynwood, Miami, USA

Amanda Lynn street art in Wynwood, Miami, USA

Amazing mural for Galeria Bielska BWA in Bielsko-Biala, Poland (2015 photo by Turbograff)

Amazing mural for Galeria Bielska BWA in Bielsko-Biala, Poland (2015 photo by Turbograff)

Amazing street art by Berlin based artist James Bullough

Amazing street art by Berlin based artist James Bullough

Amazing street art by Pichi & Avo

Amazing street art by Pichi & Avo

Amsterdam Street artists The London Police completed this mural in the Jordaan district in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Street artists The London Police completed this mural in the Jordaan district in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Spanish artist Aryz in St Denis, Reunion Island (2012)

Spanish artist Aryz in St Denis, Reunion Island (2012)

Awesome wall mural in Croatia by Lonac

Awesome wall mural in Croatia by Lonac

Chicago, USA by Puerto Rican artist JC RIVERA

Chicago, USA by Puerto Rican artist JC RIVERA

French paste up artist Levalet

French paste up artist Levalet

iNO in Athens, Greece

iNO in Athens, Greece

iNO mural in Athens, Greece

iNO mural in Athens, Greece

INTI in Quintanar de la Orden, Spain

INTI in Quintanar de la Orden, Spain

Mural by Hopare

Mural by Hopare

Nunca in Lodz, Poland

Nunca in Lodz, Poland

Retna and El Mac team up once again

Retna and El Mac team up once again

Street art in Bali, Indonesia by WD (Wild Drawings)

Street art in Bali, Indonesia by WD (Wild Drawings)

Street art in Basel, Switzerland by Bustart (Photo by Ortaku)

Street art in Basel, Switzerland by Bustart (Photo by Ortaku)

Street art in Bosnia and Herzegovina by artists Artez and Lonac

Street art in Bosnia and Herzegovina by artists Artez and Lonac

Street art in Brazil by Sipros

Street art in Brazil by Sipros

Street art in Cluj, Romania by Alina Bohoru

Street art in Cluj, Romania by Alina Bohoru

Street art in Erriadh, Djerba, Tunisia by KATRE (Photo by KATRE)

Street art in Erriadh, Djerba, Tunisia by KATRE (Photo by KATRE)

Street art in Halle an der Saale, Germany (Photo by Judith Muller)

Street art in Halle an der Saale, Germany (Photo by Judith Muller)

Street art in Lodz, Poland by Jan Wasinski (Photo by Sztuka Uliczna)

Street art in Lodz, Poland by Jan Wasinski (Photo by Sztuka Uliczna)

Street art in Miguel, Chile by Ekeko

Street art in Miguel, Chile by Ekeko

Street art in Moscow, Russia by Bogota based artist Stinkfish

Street art in Moscow, Russia by Bogota based artist Stinkfish

Street art in Perth, Australia by Australian artist Fintan Magee

Street art in Perth, Australia by Australian artist Fintan Magee

Street art in Rome, Italy by Tellas and G Loois (Photo by Carlo Taccari)

Street art in Rome, Italy by Tellas and G Loois (Photo by Carlo Taccari)

 

Amazing work by German artist Tasso in Cali, Columbia

Amazing work by German artist Tasso in Cali, Columbia

DISCLAIMER: All images are copyrighted by their respective owners unless otherwise stated. None of the images in this blog are property of Mr Pilgrim unless stated otherwise.  FOR PHOTO OWNERS: If it happens that you see your work posted here, and you don’t want it to be, and you want it removed/credited, please email using the contact me page.  FOR OTHERS: If you see a photo/video that is not properly credited, and you know the real owner, or artist please let me know using the contact me page.

Discover the world of street art and great wall murals from the professionals who bring this amazing world to light at amazing sites such as Brooklyn Street Art and Street Art News.