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Writing is not on the wall for Haringey artists
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Defiant: Jane Fletcher in front of the vandalised mural with Michael White, Lena Cullen and Tom Walter
AN artist who has galvanised community spirit in Haringey is determined not to let the vandals who have destroyed a mural “win”.
Jane Fletcher, from Seven Sisters, has been working with the community around the Lordship Lane recreation ground in Bruce Grove, since last October to create a mural in the park representing the regeneration which has taken place in the area since the riots in 2011.
Months of hard work on the mural on the inside wall of the Shell Theatre paid off when Jane and the youngsters who had worked with her laid down their brushes on the finished product on July 23 – but that evening, as the anti-graffiti paint was drying, thugs scrawled Polish writing across the artwork.
“The next morning we saw it, the graffiti was all over the children’s drawing and all over the wall from top to bottom,” said Jane. “All the neighbourhood kids were really protective of it, everyone in the community felt a kind of ownership of it – so to have this happen when the community were so behind the project is just devastating.”
But Jane is determined that the Lordship Lane community spirit will triumph over the thugs – and rather than admitting defeat and hanging up her overalls she is calling on the community to rally round.
“We don’t want the vandals to win, but at the moment we don’t have enough money in our funds to buy more anti-graffiti paint.”
In a show of defiance, Jane is looking to raise money through a justgiving page so that she will be able to buy more paint.
“I also want to get the community together so that once we repaint it we have a vigil as the paint dries to keep the vandals away so that they can’t ruin our mural ever again,” she added.
To donate to the project, log on to www.justgiving.com/yimby/savethemural
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