A new public art piece by artist Shiraz Bayjoo has been unveiled in Globe Town, Bethnal Green, East London.
Installed on the side of Clynes House in Globe Town, the work is a large colourful photographic collage of archival materials that speak to the rich history of Tower Hamlets and the contemporary character of the area and its residents.
Commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council and Whitechapel Gallery, the mural combines over twenty different images sourced from archives around London and internationally.
The images reflect a range of different historical themes that have been vital in the development of the local area, including protests and political movements; trade, industry, and empire; and sporting, cultural and ecological references. Qualities of courage, resilience, invention, and humour can be felt across the layered imagery.
Bayjoo’s proposal for the site was selected by a public vote and the final design draws upon discussions between Bayjoo and the Globe Town community during the summer of 2021.
Shiraz Bayjoo is a Mauritian artist living in London. His work considers ideas of nationhood and identities.
Bayjoo said: “I wanted to highlight the area’s history and far-reaching legacies; the refuge given to countless generations escaping political persecution, and the grassroots movements that have gone on to shape Britain and the world.”
The mural is located on the facade of Clynes House in Market Square, Globe Town, London E2.