I went to The Electrician’s Shop in Trinity Buoy Wharf the other day to meet up with Garry Hunter (who wrote the book Street Art: From Around the World, which, coincidently, I got for Christmas) and street artist Paul “DON” Smith. Interview with DON coming this week when I finish transcribing, so stay tuned!
When I left to make my way out back for lunch at the delicious Exmouth Coffee Company before meeting up with some friends at The Bridge in Shoreditch for tea, Garry walked with me to show me a brand new piece of work that was just put up by street artist iCON.
According to Garry, this is a pretty exclusive look as it’s likely not many people have spotted it yet.
This piece is called “Abduction”. Madonna is out shopping with Mowgli on the currently blocked River Lea walkway. Through its placement on hoardings that have blocked access for over five years now, it’s a comment on the privatisation of public space which is a causing a bit of an uproar in the area. This development has ground to a halt.
A bit of background – iCON is from Thamesmead in south east London and has been on the street art scene since 2009.