Saturday, 12 February 2011

Brixton: Bringing the Shutters Down in Style

Until recently, like in many areas of London, if you walked through the streets of central Brixton after the shops had closed you'd be met by rows of imposing grey steel shutters.

Many businesses rank the protection of their livelihoods higher than any aestetic impact and these ugly looking barricades, whilst offering security, make many of our streets look like barren ghost towns after dark.

Recently however, the drab-looking shutters along the streets of Coldharbour Lane and Atlantic Road in Brixton, South London have been brightened up.

Shops such as Brixton Wholefoods, Atlantic Meat Market, BEM Music and Clear Prints Digital have been transformed with colourful and interesting grafitti art.

The man responsible, Malarky, is a street artist, originally from South London and his work has been featured on shop shutters in Madrid and Barcelona, where he lived until recently.

I think that they are great and bring an interesting dimension to the streets of Brixton. Hopefully some of the other businesses will follow suit.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I love it that Brixton is livening up it's street in an artistic style that is not only true to Brixton, also by a South Londoner. I think it bright, fun and really helps to make our streets an even more attractive place to live. Thanks Darren for publishing this. Would it possible to get more info on Malarky, he sounds like a cool guy. I love the girl posing in the picture.... she looks like a really brixtonite!!!! hheeeee. Booj, XXX

Darren Ingram said...

Hi 'Booj' - Malarky has a blog, which you can check out here - - he has a lot more of his work up there.

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