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Art wall brightens Bermondsey Square building site

A 200-metre outdoor mural was unveiled at Bermondsey Square on Saturday - and local residents had the opportunity to pick up a paintbrush and join in.

Art wall brightens Bermondsey Square building site
Art wall brightens Bermondsey Square building site
Art wall brightens Bermondsey Square building site
Art wall brightens Bermondsey Square building site
Art wall brightens Bermondsey Square building site

The mural will surround the Bermondsey Square building site for the next year as work continues on the development of homes, offices, a hotel, restaurant and 60-seat community cinema set around a new market square.

With the help of developers Igloo Regeneration Partnership, urban design collective 4WALL and local artists have been spray painting, drawing, stencilling, brushing and cutting a series of two-metre high boards for the past couple of months.

On Saturday some of the UK's foremost live painters and graffiti artists were joined by students from Camberwell Arts College, London College of Communication and Surrey Institute of Art and Design.

"We want to create a living piece of art in the heart of Bermondsey that includes everyone from shop keepers to school kids," explains Sam Stubbings of 4Wall. "With The Wall we are creating a totally unique piece of interactive art that involves and is inspired by the local community."

Giles Sequeira of Grace-Lea Associates, consultant to the developer, added: "The images are amazing and reflect the diversity and colourful nature of Bermondsey. It's been a real privilege to be involved with this project and we all look forward to watching The Wall as it grows and develops over the coming months."

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