We have just finished a huge mural along the wall of Brentford canal with the Canal and Rivers Trust. The wall is around 300ft long and was in a very bad state, covered in graffiti etc. The transformation took place over 2 weeks and involved the consultation of the local community and the help of young people from Hounslow (YOS) Youth Offending Service to do the painting. The wall runs along the Brentford warehouse, which can be dark and intimidating to walk through. The bright, light and positive mural has completely changed the experience of walking done the path and has been widely praised by locals. The theme of the artwork takes inspiration from one of the area’s famous former residents; Vincent Van Gogh lived in Isleworth for three years, from 1876-79, and walked past Brentford Dock on his way to the Congregational Church at Turnham Green. His work “The Starry Night” was incorporated into scenes found along the route of the Grand Union Canal from Brentford, as it continues into the Regent’s Canal which winds through London before finishing at Limehouse. Also we illustrated the local birds, fish and mammals found on the canal.
Dick Vincent, Canal & River Trust towpath ranger, said: “This mural was inspired by local people and has turned an old eyesore into a really positive site for the area. We’ve had great feedback from local people. It’s great that local young people and organisations can contribute like this and we’re delighted that they are keen to do more in the future to keep it looking fresh.”