23 June 2012

Taking art from the streets

LOCAL street artists came together to help decorate caravans being used as DJ booths for the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend.

Seven young residents, with the help of professional street artists, spent three days before the festival kicked off on 23 June, getting creative with their spray cans and paint brushes.

Inspiration came from living in the borough, the London 2012 Games, and Hackney Weekend.

Youth worker Emmanuel Farodoye, who helped oversee the project, said: “The past three days have been great to see young people come together and work through their ideas.

"It was interesting to see the different approaches the young people used and for them to channel their creativity and energy.”

Graffiti artist Stallio Solo, from Homerton, added: “I teach lyrical development and street art. I used to come and play on the Marshes as a kid – my dad taught one of the Turkish football teams.

"We ain’t really had no big shows here – it’s good for the area. It’s become more diverse, which helps bond the community.”

Hackney artist Martin, 19, in front of the painted DJ caravan booth

Hackney artist Martin, 19, in front of the painted DJ caravan booth

Hackney artist Martin, 19, in front of the painted DJ caravan booth Street artist and resident Rob Maple in front of a DJ caravan booth

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