We have finally finished the huge Brixton Windmill restoration on Lyham Road. It has taken the team consisting of Julian Phethean (Mr Cenz), James Titchner (Aero), Edward Shearon (Tizer) and Boyd Hill (Solo One) 2 weeks of hard work to recreate our Positive Arts version of the old mural from 1983. The original was painted by Mick Harrison and Caroline Thorp and had fallen into disrepair in recent years. Our design was a mix of some of the original elements such as the scroll and windows but we changed the central and outside images to bring it more up to date and current. The central image depicts the windmill in 1816 when it was first built and the outside windows are a mix of pictures such as the inside workings of the mill, the process of making bread and growing vegetables. It has been a hugely successful intergenerational community project with over 1oo different local people of all ages (8-80 yrs) doing their bit. The Clapham Film Unit have been making a short film of the process and the history of the Brixton murals- watch this space!
Big thanks to Vinnie O’Connel, The Clapham Film Unit, The London Mural Preservation Society and the Heritage Lottery for funding the project!
Check us in action on the timelapse