Preservation works completed to the Dalston Peace Carnival Mural
The Dalston Peace Carnival Mural is now scaffolding-free after extensive restoration and preservation works were completed last week, preserving the unique landmark for years to come.
The iconic art work, featured on the cover of a studio album by Rudimental, has been undergoing extensive works to reattach the render, which the mural is painted on, to the building on Dalston Lane to stop it coming away from the brickwork.
The mural has also been cleaned, repainted and protected by a special coating designed to make graffiti removal easier.
The mural was designed by artist Ray Walker in 1983 to celebrate 'Peace Year', it shows the Hackney Peace Carnival which took place in the same year and depicts both the celebration of peace and many threats to peace at that time.
Ray Walker sadly died shortly after designing the Dalston Peace Carnival Mural, which was eventually painted by fellow artist and friend Mick Jones and Ray's widow Anna.
The Peace mural has become one of Hackney’s iconic landmarks recognised the world over as a powerful statement about how people can live side by side as a tolerant, generous and peace loving community. Now renovated to its original glory and the fabric of the mural secured for many years to come, thanks must go to the skill and expertise of all those involved in bringing our mural back to life for all of us to enjoy, in particular the artistry of Paul Butler, Linda Jane James and the team at Hirst Conservation.