Council hoarding covering Brick Lane’s crane mural by Roa is removed

15:25 23 May 2012

Delighted builing owner Asmal Hussain gets his mural back

Delighted builing owner Asmal Hussain gets his mural back

carmen valino

A council hoarding erected to advertise Brick Lane as the 2012 Olympic Curry Capital that covered a giant mural of a crane bird has been removed today by Tower Hamlets Council after a wave of protest.

Some 1,500 people signed an online petition objecting to the hoarding erected on the side of a building in Hanbury Street which had covered over the mural by renowned international artist Roa.

The owner of the building, curry restauranteur Azmal Hussain, had threatened legal action.

Council workmen moved in this-morning and took down the hoarding bearing a picture of Mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Mr Hussain, who didn’t give permission for the mural to be covered over, told the Advertiser: “The hoarding was still there when I closed the restaurant at 3am. I got back later to find it gone.”

Passers-by and residents and traders were furious when the hoarding suddenly appeared last week, covering the mural.

They started an online petition with thousands of signatures which accused Tower Hamlets of “incredible short-sightedness” for obscuring Roa’s artwork.

The petition said: “Everyday hundreds of people are captivated by a beautiful artwork.

“The artist, whose work sells out in galleries across the world, asked nothing in return, an incredibly selfless gift to the people of East London.

“To recklessly take it away from the people of London is incredibly short-sighted.”

Mr Hussain says he only gave permission for a small notice to be put up—not the huge hoarding that appeared which totally covered the artwork. He saw lawyers on Monday and threatened action if the hoarding wasn’t removed.

“I’m glad it’s been taken down,” he added. “I allowed Roa to paint the wall when he came to me two years ago—but I didn’t want it covered by a banner with Mayor Rahman’s picture on it.”

Tower Hamlets council said their banner reflected the East End’s pride that Brick Lane has been designated the official 2012 Curry Capital.

But that cut no ice with those who signed the petition.

Protester Jane Young wrote: “Peter Roa’s street artwork is an integral part of the fabric of Brick Lane and Spitalfields and is a well loved landmark.”

B Band commented: “It is morally wrong of a council to decide to cover a piece of art with advertising.”

Luc Benyon added: “I’ve already emailed the Mayor.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Friday, February 27, 2015
The Mayor with Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive of Santander (Photo by Steve Bardens/ Getty Images for Santander)

The Mayor of London took a new red Boris Bike out for a spin this morning as he announced Santander was taking over from Barclays as sponsor of the city’s cycle scheme.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Sol Campbell has announced his intention to run for Mayor of London  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The former Arsenal, Spurs and England defender Sol Campbell has announced his intention to take over from Boris Johnson and become the next Mayor of London. But would he be any good?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Natalie Bennett spluttered and stalled her way through an interview with radio station LBC

Cringeworthy, incredibly awkward, car crash - all words you used to describe the Green Party leader Natalie Bennett’s radio interview with LBC this morning.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
[Photograph by @WolvoPingu]

Housing protesters have clashed with police officers as they held a ‘mock eviction’ at a fancy dinner for bailiffs where they say people were “receiving awards for making families homeless.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Boris Johnson meets Alexa Chung at a British Fashion Council event in New York (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Boris Johnson is to meet Hilary Clinton in New York today where he may have some diplomatic ground to make up following comments he made about her several years ago.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
This is what you could have won...

A shoe-shopping trip with Home Secretary Theresa May was just one of the many highly-prized lots that Conservative party donors bid on at a secretive and exclusive fundraising dinner.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

And while we’re at it, why don’t we sell all the Queen’s homes and move her and Phil into a two-bed in Grimsby?

Read more

The Australian actor has said he can empathise with his big screen alter-ego’s feelings about artificial intelligence.

Read more

There’s something beautiful about art inspiring science like this.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

And while we’re at it, why don’t we sell all the Queen’s homes and move her and Phil into a two-bed in Grimsby?

Technology experts have been giving their verdict on the first big smartphone offerings of 2015.

The Korean smartphone giants made the announcement at their Unpacked event ahead of Mobile World Congress.

Quirky London