Hackney Street Art

What are some of your favourite examples of street art in Hackney?I’m posting this because of Hackney Council’s recent threat to ROA’s rabbit on Hackney Road, which you can read about here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/oct/25/roa-graffiti-rabbit-hackney-councilI love that rabbit, and am going to go today and take a photograph of it, should Hackney Council follow through on it’s threat to paint over it within a couple of weeks.Also, who are some prominent street artists in Hackney that one should be familiar with? Although I’ve seen his work around in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, it’s only recently I knew the artist’s name of the stick men: Stik. His work is great.http://www.flickr.com/photos/quitepeculiar/5115215314/Also, is there someone we can yell at to prevent ROA’s rabbit from being erased and defaced?

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    quitepeculiar - 26 October 2010, 11:34 am

    By the way, the petition to save the ROA Rabbit is here: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/PremROA/petition.html

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    janice - 26 October 2010, 12:07 pm

    thanks for all this. i’m stunned to think that i haven’t seen the rabbit yet. wow. is that near bitter taste of love? i am a huge fan of street art and its photography. noticed a stik i hadn’t seen before just yesterday . must keep my eyes more open. i would love to see more value put onto street art – the decent kind. i’m not too interested in tagging etc myself. i live part of the time in toronto and last year because of the premiere of exit through the gift shop, banksy did some work around town. they appeared overnight. i was thrilled. i don’t think there’s one left now. other street artists came and tagged over or spray painted – it was a huge show of spite or perhaps territorialism – all covered up by them saying that this is the nature of the beast and stop whining about it. i was and remain terribly sad about this. i say there should be honour among thieves/street artists and i feel the council need to hear much louder voices telling them that these are as valued to some as anything hanging in a posh gallery. to me, actually, much more valuable as examples of contemporary life.

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    quitepeculiar - 26 October 2010, 12:16 pm

    Yes, it’s on the side of the street opposite of Bitter Taste of Love on Hackney Road. It’s a frequent sight along the routes of the 48 and 55 among others, visible when heading deeper into Hackney on the left.I agree that more value should be put into street art, especially in terms of protecting it. I’ve seen a Banksy piece on Essex Road be defaced by Robbo earlier this year. But yeah, it is a bit of the nature of the beast to leave a piece public like that, as many good pieces I had seen in San Francisco, for example, were covered in tags that marred them.Such is the transient nature of street art, but something like this needs to be protected as much as possible.

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    jeffhubbard - 26 October 2010, 12:38 pm

    Presumaby the 10 foot high orange toaster, just opposite it, and the Beaver just a 100 yards further down the road are more to the council’s taste.Hackney toasterCaveat EmptorI just hope they don’t tear the whole building down.Hackney Road

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    ewebber - 26 October 2010, 1:46 pm

    @jeffhubbard my guess would be that these are due for painting over too, but only the Rabbit is being talked about as the owner of the building doesn’t want it to go

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    jeffhubbard - 26 October 2010, 2:12 pm

    Then it’s my guess we are signing the wrong petition. The Toaster is significantly older than the rabbit, and has been repeated in various sizes all over East London. The Rabbit is positively a johnny come lately on Hackney Road, as is the beaver. All three offer a very worthy welcome to those entering Hackney along Hackney road though.

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    yeahhackney - 26 October 2010, 2:16 pm

    Of course all have value, although I would guess that ROA’s work takes significantly longer than the work that the toaster guys do. Yes, the toaster guys have been putting their mark out all over the country for maybe 15+ years now (starting in wolverhampton and spreading to London) – but I wouldn’t say they have more rights to be there, the stir as far as I see it is that the premises want the work to be on their building, similar to the story of the banksy that was covered up in Stoke Newington.

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    ewebber - 26 October 2010, 2:17 pm

    Of course all have value, although I would guess that ROA’s work takes significantly longer than the work that the toaster guys do. Yes, the toaster guys have been putting their mark out all over the country for maybe 15+ years now (starting in wolverhampton and spreading to London) – but I wouldn’t say they have more rights to be there, the stir as far as I see it is that the premises want the work to be on their building, similar to the story of the banksy that was covered up in Stoke Newington.

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    jeffhubbard - 26 October 2010, 2:53 pm

    They covered up a banksy of a girl sliding down a rain gutter while blowing bubbles, on lower Clapton road at the side of the strand building. Must a been a year ago now. I see their concerns but they need guidance on what’s what.PS. I meant that the petition should cover all good and well loved srteet art.

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    quitepeculiar - 26 October 2010, 4:11 pm

    I presume it will be a domino effect. If Hackney Council paints over one piece, there won’t be much stopping them from painting over them all. Therefore, protecting the ROA Rabbit will eventually contribute to protecting other pieces, such as the neighbouring toaster and the Beaver.

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    ewebber - 26 October 2010, 4:48 pm

    I do think there is something in the fact that someone owns the building, yet doesn’t have a say in what goes on it, I can’t imagine anyone complained about it.Here is the info on the one in Stoke Newington http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/sep/03/banksy-artwork-painted-over-hackney

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    hopsyturvy - 28 October 2010, 12:31 pm

    I wrote to the councillor responsible for this when I heard about it a couple of days ago, and got a reply on the same day – copied below if anyone’s interested. Basically, because it was painted with the property owner’s consent, it’s not about to be painted over – they may have to get retrospective planning permission though.Still, there’s nothing in this that suggests anything on a public building would be similarly protected, hence the Banksy in Stokie disappearing–Thank you for your email. Our policy recognises that property ownershave the right to consent to works on their property. It alsorecognises that in certain instances additional planning permission isrequired. Where a piece is identified as a potential commissioned work,through owner consent all enforcement action is stopped and officersadvise owners to contact the Planning department for further advice onwhether the piece may require planning permission- which is the case inthis instance.We informed the owners of the premises last week that the enforcementaction was placed on hold and advised them to contact our planningdepartment to determine whether planning permission is required.Just to be clear the painting is not under threat of enforcement actionat this stage. We will of course continue our dialogue with the ownersand assist them with formalising their consent for this piece of work,which I trust will bring a satisfactory conclusion to this matter.Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any furtherinformation on this case or on Hackney Council’s enforcement policy.Yours Sincerely, Cllr Feryal DemirciLabour Councillor-Brownswood WardCabinet Member for NeighbourhoodsTel: 020 8356 3270Email: [email protected]

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    ewebber - 28 October 2010, 12:36 pm

    As I understand it the banksy in Stoke Newington was also wanted by the building owner – the council just sent the letters to the wrong address

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    ewebber - 9 November 2010, 8:46 am

    Looks like the Rabbit has been saved! This is good as it sets a precedence to Hackney Council of anyone else in the same position (having graffiti that they want on their walls)

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    quitepeculiar - 9 November 2010, 9:36 am

    Huzzah!

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    yeahhackney - 12 November 2010, 4:37 pm

    Zebras on Lower Clapton Road http://www.yeahhackney.com/2010/11/zebras-crossing-lower-clapton-road/

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    streetartlondon - 29 November 2010, 5:15 pm

    We, at Street Art London, have just put up a post about Wild Hackney along with some street art from Hackney Road:http://streetartlondon.co.uk/blog/wild-hackney-project. Check out Street Art London for lots more street art from around Hackney and London more generally.

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    yeahhackney - 29 November 2010, 5:42 pm

    Hey all, we have a new group about street art in Hackney here http://www.yeahhackney.com/groups/hackney-street-art/ come and join!

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