WHALE MURAL PAINTED ON ST. GEORGE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND WALL BY LOCAL ARTIST
On Friday 8th June a beautiful 22 metre-wide mural was painted on the playground wall of St. George’s Primary School in Battersea, thanks to funding and support from New Covent Garden site developers VINCI St. Modwen.
This project is the culmination of a much wider Cultural Education Challenge entitled Cultivate running across Wandsworth and the UK, in which artists are introduced to schools to work with young people and to provide exposure to artist thinking and career opportunities.
Artist Mr Dane has been working with St George’s Primary School for the past two years, having first been introduced to them as part of VINCI St. Modwen’s Edible Avenue programme and physical public realm improvements. There have been storytelling sessions, design classes and creative workshops with each year level at St. George’s Primary School.
The final image of the whale was chosen as part of a school voting day. It is a direct outcome of the students' own decision that they wanted their school environment to be as beautiful as the Edible Avenue installation across the road from the school. The image is a real life-size female whale against a blue sea backdrop. The female whale is exactly the same length as the wall playground 'pen' at St. George’s.
A specialised paint was used which works to absorb CO2. As the wall is so large, its absorbency calculates approx to 30 kg of CO2. It has many eco benefits also, for example it has no volatile organic chemicals found in most paints, so the wall is allowed to breathe naturally.
Tim Seddon, Property Director for St. Modwen, said: “We have a strong relationship with St. George’s Primary School, which is situated just outside our development site. The aim of this project is to enable local children to directly influence their surroundings and express their identity within London’s largest regeneration area.”