If you’ve spotted a large mural in east London, chances are it was arranged by Global Street Art’s Walls Project. The organisation is now approaching its 500th street art mural. We asked GSA’s Lee Bofkin to look back at some of the most popular pieces. Here’s what he had to say:
We started the Walls Project in March 2012 without a plan – many of my artist friends were painting the same legal walls again and again and their pieces didn’t last. Asking permission for new spots takes time, which isn’t easy if you live in another part of town, have a full-time job or come to London from another country. So we started asking people if our friends could paint their shutters, walls, trucks and doors. Londonist helped, too.
It was slow at first but as we built up more of a track record we found that more and more people were open to having their walls painted. We still organise a lot of free art walls but today we also work with brands to produce commercial projects and paint private interiors.
We’re always looking for more walls and new partners. If you think you can help please get in touch! In the meantime, here are some of the most popular pieces we’ve organised. Enjoy!
All photos by Lee Bofkin for Global Street Art except Paintstock and Cyrcle pictures (by LDN Graffiti and Cyrcle respectively).