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Graffiti in Sclater Street

September 11, 2009
by the gentle author


Has there ever been such a hotbed of street art in such diversity, anywhere in the world, as we have here in the neighbourhood now? Around the top of Brick Lane, almost every corner is covered in tags, collages, drawings and paintings in an overwhelming variety of styles. This is the collective unconsciousness of Spitalfields sprayed, drawn, stuck, and painted all over the walls. I wish I could interpret it all and I feel I should be photographing it daily, because overnight masterpieces come and go. There’s a mystery here too, because mostly it seems to appear as if from nowhere. The white hot epicentre is Sclater Street (famous for its exotic bird market a century ago), where I managed to snap these three taggers at work this week in what has become our Sistine Chapel of street art. In future, I shall now be recording special pieces for you as they catch my eye.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. October 18, 2009

    Something familiar about this! Even across the world.

  2. November 10, 2013

    I do hope Gentle Author is still recording. I love the vibrancy & passion of this artform (so long as it is not mere tagging).
    A few years back I recorded the ‘collective unconsciousness’ of Pavia in Italy, and created a composite graf mural – sending it to a resident as a gift. BIG mistake; subsequently learnt that the locals thoroughly hate the graffiti adornment throughout their town.
    One do live and learn!

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