A newly completed 125 ft (38.2 metre) high mural painted on a condemned council owned tower block in Acton, West London is the tallest street artwork in the UK. The new mural highlights social housing issues and is the tallest mural in Britain, painted by East Londons much loved street artist ‘Stik‘, known for his simple designs are nevertheless capable of conveying complex body language and emotion, the street artist, himself was homeless for a period and ideas surrounding human vulnerability are also detectable in his art.
This artwork depicts a mother and child looking forlornly from their soon to be demolished council block at the luxury apartment complexes being built around them. Stik who painted the mural understands the importance of home.
“Social housing in Britain is under threat, this piece is to remind the world that all people need homes” Stik
Charles Hocking House was built for low income families in 1967 and is earmarked to be torn down in 2016. Stik’s large format site specific artworks focus on social issues such as homelessness and can be found across the globe from New York to Tokyo.
‘Big Mother’ by Stik is painted on Charles Hocking House, Bollo Bridge Road, South Acton, W3 8DA East Acton Estate, 10 minutes from Acton Town tube station and is visible from the Piccadilly line and London flight paths.
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