Aargh! Another mural damaged


The three-panel portrait of Brockley on the back of the MOT garage on Coulgate Street has been damaged and a portion of the central image has been blacked-out.

Last year, the Jimi Hendrix mural was painted-over in similar fashion.

Presumably, the work was defaced in some way and some well-meaning person has painted over the problem with black, but in doing-so, they have made the problem far worse than it would have been. Does anyone know the details?

This is our favourite piece of public art in Brockley and it's a tragedy that it's been damaged.

48 comments:

Brockley Kate said...

There were some workmen doing something or other to that wall which involved drilling into it and then re-plastering, they then re-painted over the new plaster with the black stuff.
No idea whether the garage plans to fill in the missing section of mural.
I presume it would be the garage who is responsible, as with the Jimi Hendrix mural ... ?

billy said...

The murals are a bit rubbish anyway

Brockley Nick said...

No they aren't, they're beautiful and vibrant and they depict Brockley in some detail.

Brockley Kate said...

I heart those murals. My favourite one is the green one, with the psychadelic cats.

Q said...

I like the black stuff. It speaks to me. The artist is saying that a black hole will consume Brockley. This will not increase property prices, and gentrification will cease to exist - along with tatty murals.

Brockley Kate said...

PS. Without wanting to re-start the argument about the new mural, can I also mention that I STILL mourn the loss of the Jimi Hendrix mural.

I'd love to hear what happened to it, does anyone know?

Brockley Nick said...

@Kate - it got bought by some rich Americans and transported brick-by-brick to Texas.

Headhunter said...

You just told us what happened - some workers were drilling into the wall and then re plastered and painted over it....

Mb said...

Well the wall does belong to the garage, think they donated the space? So would be a bit harsh to make them pay for reinstating the mural if there was a structural problem. Could have given it more thought though, taken a high res photo of the area so that someone could repair it. And at least use a different colour paint? Could we get them listed in some way or is that silly?

Brockley Kate said...

Engage brain before posting, Headhunter.

Nick - hmm, are these the same folk that BrockleyBiker wants to sell Steve Bullock to?!

Anonymous said...

"They depict Brockley in some detail"

Where's the "Guitars" shop then?

Anonymous said...

They could have a competition for local grafitti 'artists' to fix it. Might stop them stabbing each other for an hour or two.

Matt-Z said...

@ Nick - did the Americans think they were getting a Banksy?

drakefell debaser said...

Ah, not another one. It was around this time last year that the Hendrix one disappeared. I suggest we employ guards next year to save the others.

Anonymous said...

Part of the appeal of street art like this is that it comes and goes reflecting it's environment. Just paint a new one over the top of it - there's loads of talented kids on the south bank who'd do it.

Brockley Nick said...

But it's one of a set, you'd have to paint over the lot to keep the effect.

Brockley Kate said...

... the South Bank?! What about local?!

BrockleyBiker said...

I really like those murals. It would be a shame to lose them.

Unlike the 'Bunny Rape' mural which is just horrendous.

Brockley Nick said...

It's only bunny rape if you want it to be.

It's hardly "piss christ". Honestly, you and kate have dark imaginations.

Node said...

I saw this a couple of weeks ago. Such a shame/cock up.

It would be very hard to touch up or repair it as the murals are 5 or 6 years old now and have faded so anything new would stick out, not as much as the black paint maybe but not really a solution.

Street art is by its very nature temporary so I'm amazed that these have lasted as long as they did. As much as I have loved them over the years I think the only thing to do is have new ones done. Maybe even get Known back for an update.

And surely the Maya Angelou one is so tatty now that that needs updating, preferably not by the person the did it orginally. I still miss Bob peeling potatoes.

Moira said...

The Known murals have anti graffiti paint on them so should be cleanable. Can someone call the relevant dept at the Council to clean off?
BTW, The Brockley Max Youtube channel has been set up and you can see the mural painting being done. I can't believe it's 6 years since we made the film. It was cutting edge in its time!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co_xrLDFJYU

The Cat Man said...

my favourite one is the new one - it looks kind of cheeky and light hearted - the other two look far too serious like they are some sort of gods to be worshiped

Lets update the other two to make them more relevant to todays society - cheeky and fun as well, I smile when I see the new one!

Anonymous said...

I have always throught that the portrait of Maya Angelou to be quite hideous. Very unflattering to both the subject and to Brockley. Why does a worthy bit of public art have to be quite so bad? Goodness knows there are enough artists around here.

Anonymous said...

Agreed on the Maya Angelou mural, I've never understood quite how she's relevant to Brockley either. The new one is quite good though.

Brockley Kate said...

The Jimi Hendrix one was a lot nicer than the Maya Angelou one. Clearly the phantom painter of Brockley is no art critic ...

Moira said...

Reported to the Council. I mentioned the B Max Opening Night on Friday and that there'd be some press there, so let's see how long it takes to clean up.

NOT Cat Man said...

How about a giant burning crucifix?

Brian Betonde said...

Bart is subjective, as the bural by Betliffe proves, but to me, the set of burals that was Bendrix, Barley and Bangelou represent bart (music and poetry specifically) on a basic level and are quite relevant to Brockley in that sense.

Barley can also represent the Baribbean influence that exists in Brockley and Bangelou can be seen to represent civil liberties and the fight for those liberties, which I imagine quite a few besidents of Brockley can relate to. I know I can.

Aesthetically, Bangelou’s mural is bast its sell by bate but the Barley bural is very well done and I think it should be touched up to make it last bonger.

How to blend the old with the bew, bool and contentious Betliffe bural will be the brick though.

Beauu...

Tamsin said...

It's a real shame. I was passing the murals the other day with a borrowed two-year old on my hip and his mother - she had parked the far side of Brockley Cross to avoid the log-jam and as our paths were the same and she was pregnant I indulged myself by carrying her son for her. Anyway at his instigation we had a lovely time looking at them and spotting trains and owls. Much more engaging as street art than the Black History triptych or the sad rabbit. I hope it can be restored. I think I might have a fairly high resolution picture somewhere if needed.

Now Then said...

Now why didn't I think of that when stranded in toadsmouth waiting for honorary nephews mum. Their sandwich board makes a good camp though.

The Royal Albert said...

When I passed the murals the other week the portion that's now black was a hole with bricks lying on the floor - obviously broken from the inside. I guess a car was driven into it inside the garage. Oops, but these things happen. Shame.

majglobal said...

Yeah I heard the car was in with brake problems. "Yeah drive on in love - CRASH"

Ed said...

A better home for my post on the railings thread:

I take your lesser evil point but I don't much like any of the local public art except the trompe l'oeil. Can it not then be argued that the poem and murals are merely anti-vandalism measures masquerading as art? At best they seem to me to be art as craft. I may have just opened up the 'what is art' can of worms; apologies.

For the murals I would like to see them rotated with different artists featuring every few months; now that would be dynamic, radical and interesting.

Oh and I want to paint the bridge a bright colour, maybe something to contrast with the cantilever element on the Tea Factory.

Tamsin said...

What is wrong with craft as art? Everyone can appreciate craft - having to live with or walk by art that is not to your liking is a daily laceration of the sensibilities.

Moira said...

Anti graffitti team rang this morning so well done for such a great response. Yes, the MOT guys had a crash inside and had to drill a hole.
So, once Brockley Max is over, I'll see if I can find Known and ask if he could repair it. Brockley Max will cover the cost of the paints so pelase but a raffle ticket.

Brockley Kate said...

Full credit to you for getting to the bottom of it all so quickly and effectively, Moira!
Are you the person to ask about the other mural?

quick brown fox said...

Well done Moira - I'm fond of those murals; it would be a shame if that one was left damaged.

Moira said...

The number I have for Louis Henry (Known) doesn't work any more, so if anyone knows of how to contact him, let me know and I'll ask him if he can repair the mural. Spoke to Lewisham graffiti again and they did remove some tagging at one end of the mural, so thank you guys.

Ed said...

If Known can't be contacted perhaps there's an opportunity to rotate; submissions could be voted on by BC readers...

name said...

I'd like a bit of continuity, those murals aren't advertising hoardings. The modern urban works of art. Its takes a lot of effort from the artist to produce and it shouldn't be seen as throwaway and disposable, there's enough of that in our culture as it is.

Anonymous said...

Could we use the space to open a nice park?

Anonymous said...

Moira
Louis is on my facebook friends if you want to contact him.
James Wild

Moira said...

Thanks James. I've messaged him.

Anonymous said...

That Maya Angelou portrait should be temporary. It is so unflattering. She deserves better.

Moira said...

Got in touch with Lewis and he's going to take a look at the damage today. He's up for repairing the mural and hopefully he'll be able to do it during the festival.

Brockley Kate said...

Thumbs up to Lewis, someone buy the man a pint/coffee (depending on preference).

Anonymous said...

Hurrah for Lewis, Moira and the Max!
It is a great mural.
James

Moira said...

Saw Lewis last night and he's said he will be able to repair the mural. Just need to order the paints and hopefully it'll be done soon.

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