Street and public art

Leyton street art:  Photographs by Ray Yates
I’ve been in Waltham Forest for 18 years and have seen the fantastic changes since then. I live on the Leyton border and it is one of the most balanced, diverse cultural districts of London – and a visual delight. Street and public art is the urban language of our age, not only brightening up our lives but making us think about the world we live in. It’s good to see William Morris’s influence is still shining through; he had the idea of ‘art for the people’. Whether it’s functional, commercial, or simply for art’s sake, we demand more, making our streets sing. Go and explore.
Originally in issue 45, page 8

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