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‘Blind Beggar and his Dog’, Elisabeth Frink. Cranbrook estate, Bethnal Green
Elisabeth Frink’s Blind Beggar and his Dog’ was installed in 1963 outside the bungalows built for the elderly on Bethnal Green’s Cranbrook estate. This viewpoint looks at the significance of the blind beggar for the early residents of the Cranbrook estate and the old Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green.
‘Mother and Children Playing’, Peter Laszlo Peri. South Lambeth estate, Lambeth
After the Second World War, Hungarian artist Peter Laszlo Peri approached the LCC with the idea of depicting scenes of family life to ‘brighten up’ the facades of new LCC housing in Lambeth. ‘Mother and Children Playing’ dates to between 1951 and ‘52 and was installed on the stairwell of Horton House on the South Lambeth estate.
‘Pied Piper’, Willi Soukop. Elmington estate, Camberwell
The sculptural mural, ‘Pied Piper’, by Willi Soukop, was installed on the Elmington estate in Camberwell in 1959 by the London County Council. This viewpoint looks at the theme of the Pied Piper and how the LCC wanted the mural to resonate with residents, in particular, children.
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Shakespeare’s ‘The Theatre’ and the Romeo & Juliet Street Art Mural
On New Inn Broadway in Shoreditch you can find a mural paying homage to two of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, Romeo and Juliet, located near to the site where it is believed that the play was first performed. In 2018, a team of archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) excavated the site of Shakespeare’s playhouse, ‘The Theatre’, building on evidence uncovered in their 2008 excavations. The street art piece on the outside of the building depicts the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet in a fresco-style mural and was created by the Global Street Art Agency.