Each week in 2015 we’ve featured a ‘Mural of the Week’ on Twitter, and more recently on Instagram, which has proved to be very popular with our followers. When we first started the weekly mural back in January I wasn’t sure if there be enough to fill up the whole year – little did I know that there was a lot more street art than I knew about out there, but also that there’d be a proliferation of new murals during 2015, particularly in Brockley, Crofton Park and Brixton. It’s great to see so much art on our streets – long may it continue! So here are South London Blog’s Top Five most viewed murals of 2015 (in reverse order, naturally).
Coming in at no.5 is ‘Europa’ by Australian artist REKA at the Paxton pub in Gypsy Hill. This mural is part of the ‘Dulwich Outdoor Gallery’ developed by Dulwich Picture Gallery and Street Art London, and in particular Ingrid Beazely. It’s based on a painting in the gallery called ‘Europa and the Bull’ by Guido Reni.
At no.4 is a mural by Mr Cenz on the side of Prestige Hair salon at Brockley Cross SE4, which was commissioned as part of the Brockley Max Festival back in May/June. Mr Cenz set up a company called ‘Postive Arts’ which was responsible for our very first Mural of the Week – King Kong Palace – in Crystal Palace, as well as others we’ve featured.
One of my personal favourites is at no. 3 by Dan Kitchener aka DANK. It features a rainy street scene from Japan and is located at the back of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre.
In 2nd place is a mural on a building site hoarding celebrating Crofton Park – ‘Straight Outta Crofton’ – by art collective bAMBOpINK, in collaboration with Lionel Stanhope, at Brockley Rd SE4.
Finally, in 1st place – by some distance – is the Flying Toasts by Artista at Breakspears Rd SE4 – another mural from the Brockley Max festival. The Toasts can be found on a number of her works, including one we featured in Railton Rd Brixton.
Congratulations to all of our Top 5 and thanks for making our streets so much more interesting. In 2016 we’ll continue to feature street art on Twitter and Instagram as well as blog posts, and we’re going to extend this to include sculpture and art of all kinds – hope you’ll enjoy it!