London Street Art Covered By Anti-Gentrification Rant

By Holly Brockwell on at

The relentless march of gentrification has annoyed one Londoner enough that they've covered a really quite lovely street art mural with a badly-spaced rant.

Going by the name of 'Edwin,' the responsible party painted over the mural in Hackney Wick, East London with the following:

FOR JUST A MOMENT THIS PRETTY FACE AND OCTOPUS HAS MADE ME FORGET THAT MY RENT HAS DOUBLED AND MY NEIGHBOURHOOD IS BEING DESTROYED

While we don't disagree that the cost of living in London is absolutely outrageous, surely the place to rail against the destruction of your neighbourhood isn't over the top of a piece of street art in said neighbourhood. Perhaps Edwin assumed the piece of art was commissioned to give the area that faux-authentic aesthetic that startups adore, but even if so - it makes a change from billboards, no?

What a difference a day makes... graffiti in Hackney Wick from london

The piece was by well-known street artist Irony - whose works around the capital often include female faces and surreal elements - and the vandalism was spotted by Tower Hamlets Redditor Santero. Comments on the Reddit post extensively debate whether the artist did it themselves, whether street art is inherently temporary and therefore shouldn't be mourned, and whether Edwin couldn't have made his point "on a small poster."

Still, if he had, we wouldn't be writing about him. [Reddit]

Main image: Reddit/Santero