A Spectacular 40m Mural Designed and Painted by 100 local children unveiled in Wembley Park
Global Street Art today officially unveiled a giant mural in Wembley Park – welcoming the world. Installed on a 40m long hoarding set against the backdrop of Wembley Stadium, Global Street Art designed the artwork with nearly 100 local school children.
The mural is the second commission of the Wembley Park Street Art Project (in partnership with Global Street Art), an ongoing programme transforming spaces across Wembley Park with different installations, showcasing a variety of the world’s greatest street artists. The project was launched last year with notorious doodler, Mr Doodle – who took over Olympic Way with 43 million sq inches of his distinct idiosyncratic characters – a project still on display.
The latest artwork, Wembley Park Wishes the World Welcome, was devised to allow maximum input form the local community, and has been created in close collaboration with local school children from nearby Ark Academy. It carries an important message of community engagement and transformation – which can be seen first-hand across Wembley Park. The artwork seeks to connect the transforming area with local workers, residents and visitors, through colours and symbols – further cementing it as a new creative neighbourhood for London.
To develop the concept Global Street Art worked with Brent school, Ark Academy, in a series of workshops with students in Year Seven and Eight, helping to teach them more about street art, its history and different techniques in order to develop their own style and create their own designs. From these workshops an initial design for the mural was created, the outline of which was then installed at Wembley Park and over a week long project the students, alongside the Global Street Art team, have worked in groups to paint the mural and bring it to life onsite.
With a reputation of creating more opportunities for street artists from over 100 countries, the latest Global Street Art commission at Wembley Park comes just a few weeks after the announcement that Brent, home to Wembley, has been named the London Borough of Culture 2020. The project further cements Brent and Wembley Park’s mission to improve the lives of local young people – by inspiring them through arts and culture.
The artwork, which has been hand drawn and has taken four weeks to create and is free to view. The piece will be on display in the Wembley Park events pad, which later this year will host a summer programme of free events.
Speaking about the artwork, Wembley Park Wishes the World Welcome, Global Street Art Co-Founder, Lee Bofkin, said:
“The design approach for this project was new for us and ensured that the kids have the most input possible. The fact they designed each letter individually and those letters have been carried through to the final mural means that the kids have been involved every step of the way! This is our second project working at Wembley Park and it’s great to be so focused on delivering something with and for the community. We’re very appreciative that Wembley Park is choosing art to help connect with local schools.”
Adding to this, James Saunders, COO Quintain (developers of Wembley Park), said:
“It’s been a privilege to watch so many young talented people from the local community work together to create the latest art installation to date at Wembley Park. The artwork, Wembley Park Wishes the World Welcome, carries an important message for us, showcasing the power of local communities when transforming an area. The Wembley Park Street Art Project is very close to our hearts, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to experience the installations on show.”