Situated on the Royal Victoria Docks, in the run up to their grand opening this weekend, the London Pleasure Gardens unveiled a series of art works yesterday from US big name street artists alongside local talent. Among them is the UK’s largest mural by Shephard Fairey, famed for his work during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. This is Shephard’s largest work to date standing at a mighty 249ft high. He explains: ‘It will be something that unsuspecting Olympic enthusiasts will stumble across. The mural represents freedom of speech and expression.’ Garfield Hackett, the director of the Pleasure Gardens, is hoping make street art more accessible: ‘We’re setting up a piece that will include photography from children, aged 7-16, demonstrating who or what they feel represents their town.’ Summing up the ethos of the project, Hackett laughed ‘We don’t care who the fuck you are as long as you’re good.’ The new riverside space kicks off it’s summer programme of events, festivals and fun this Saturday with Paradise Gardens Festival, a weekend of free music, pyrotechnics, Guinness World Record attempts, a village fete, food stalls and more. Or if you want more street art, ’Letters from America‘ will be showing work from Risk, Ron English, Sabar and Trustocorp at Black Rat Projects in Shoreditch from July 5-18. Gina Hindler, Caitlin Arthur, Martin Dunne
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