Graffiti in Thamesmead (part 5)

Again, I’ve not seen this one myself, but somebody posted a link on Twitter. Here we see a Sherlock Holmes figure peering through a magnifying glass at a number of tumbling question marks:

Alongside it, the “icon” logo is accompanied by the word “Trust” – quite probably a riff on the local charity that promotes the area and encourages community interaction, Trust Thamesmead.

This was spotted and Tweeted by Twitter user @dooks_drgaf.

What is disappointing is that this artistic graffiti is covered over quickly in most cases. Of the pictures I’ve taken myself, the only ones remaining are the gremlin dog near the parkland between Southmere Lake and Lesnes Abbey, and the runner in the highly decorated area at the basketball park. Other work is painted over, often the same day I first spot it – and I walk past these areas regularly. Meanwhile, someone has scrawled a name and the word “slug” (it’s possibly meant to say “slag” but doesn’t appear to) in one of the areas where the decent stuff is erradicated in hours. It’s been there three days so far.

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6 Responses to Graffiti in Thamesmead (part 5)

  1. Jo says:

    Hi, I am in the middle of writing a piece, and my chosen subject is street art in Thamesmead. I found your blog and have found it incredibly helpful with some points of my essay, plus a very a good read.
    The thing is, it might make it onto the internet one day and I have used your blog as a source, I was wondering if you would mind me posting a link to your blog a long with what I found out on here, just ‘Lolly’ who paints those beautiful roses all over Thamesmead. They do brighten up the place a bit, don’t they?
    I have seen some his stuff around, but must admit I didn’t link the roses to him. It’s mainly Icon’s art I’ve seen.
    There’s new one actually, of a Game boy, with ‘You have 1 life’ written on the screen. It’s situated at the back of Southmere. If you’re facing the pub from the four block of flats it’s at a 90 degree angle from there. It’s definitely still there, so check it out before they Gallion’s destroy it.
    Anyway, take it easy and keep up the good writing.

    • Max says:

      Thanks for your comments. I am more than happy for you to link to me and quote me as a source. I will try to find the Gameboy piece – thanks for the heads up.

    • Max says:

      Well, I just did a round of the lake looking, but couldn’t find it, despite your instructions. Maybe it’s gone, or maybe I overlooked it – it was dark after all.

    • jenny says:

      lolly does not paint the flowers …..its Flower guy!

  2. Jo says:

    Pretty sure it’s still there, I can see it from my Kitchen window. Perhaps I should have explained that it is a free standing piece, or laying rather. It’s painted on a rock, conveniently the right shape for a Game boy, strangely enough.
    You can see it on Icon’s Facebook page here- along with some of his other stuff including some of the ones you have found, I think.

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