This East London Street Has Been Transformed Into A Living Work Of Art

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 45 months ago

Last Updated 14 September 2020

This East London Street Has Been Transformed Into A Living Work Of Art

Step onto Leyton High Road in east London, and you may think you've walked onto the set of a kids' TV show.

But 'Walala Parade' is the unabashed project of artist Camille Walala — and its 'soul-stirring' makeover is bound to lure in street art lovers and Instagrammers from far and wide.

The project — which sees almost the entire block of buildings on Leyton Road painted into popping colours — is a real triumph of community spirit. It was crowdfunded by local businesses and the art collective Wood Street Walls. The Mayor of London also chipped in.

Walala's banging colour palate and jaunty shapes draw influences from the Memphis Movement, the Ndebele tribe and op-art master Victor Vasarely. Although this time round, the Leyton community also got a say on the final design.

This isn't the first time Walala's big concept ideas have changed London's grey features into multicoloured eye candy. You may have seen her Les Jumeaux installations in White City, or perhaps the Dream Come True Building in Shoreditch.

Says Walala about the new-look street: "Art and colour have an amazing power to spread positivity, especially at the scale of the street.

"It's wonderful to have an opportunity to have such a significant impact on the look and feel of an entire neighbourhood and inspiring to be part of such a community-driven initiative."

All images © Tim Crocker and Wood Street Walls