murals, pop art, portraits by Maria Beadell

Never Mind The Gentrification...Denmark Street Murals

14/09/2015 23:18
Denmark street, legendary music mecca and nicknamed the 'Tin Pan Alley' of London, is suffering the effects of gentrification, progress and change much in the same way as a lot of London.  This illustrious street once hosted household names such as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John and the Sex Pistols.  What was once the epicentre of London's burgeoning music scene is fast disappearing. Most of the residents have been evicted, bar one who asked me to kindly paint an homage to the street in his flat block, on the staircase walls. I roped in collaborator artist  mORGANICo and we spent 5 weeks recreating a mix of music legends and local residents associated with the street on the walls.   All this will be torn down when the hotels, shops and 'digital streetscape' starts becoming a reality.  I thought it was a terrible shame that such a Bohemian quarter should be lost forever in its present form, so I created the murals for the public to enjoy and savour as a small reminder of what this street once was.