Stik hits the South Bank: Street artist brings colour to Hungerford Bridge

Stik South bank © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2013

Stik mural under Hungerford Bridge at the South Bank

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Each stick person was individual with their expression and clothing

While I love the South Bank, few would disagree with me that the brutalist architecture and concrete isn’t the most visually appealing. Those passing under Hungerford Bridge as they walk from Jubilee Gardens to the Southbank Centre would be hard pressed to ignore the mud coloured walls surrounding them. Earlier this month (2-4 August 2013), the Southbank Centre hosted a three-day Urban: Celebrating Street Culture festival, which included DJs, breakdancers, street artists, skaters, free runners and poets doing their thing.

I attended on the first day and was fortunate enough to see street artist Stik in action creating a mural along a particularly drab piece of wall under the bridge. At the point I saw him, he had created a string of his white stick people against a yellow backdrop. When I returned a few days later, they had acquired outfits and different expressions.

Speaking about the South Bank, Stik was quoted as saying: ‘The South Bank has already made a commitment to having a great deal of artistic freedom for street artists and graffiti artists to come and express themselves on their premises. It’s become part of the institution of street art.’ I applaud the Southbank Centre for allowing Stik to create street art on the site and I hope it remains all the walls for the foreseeable future.

Stik South bank © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2013

Stik starts off by creating plain stick people…

Stik South bank © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2013

Stik in action creating the mural during the Urban: Celebrating Street Culture festival

For another Metro Girl post on art on Hungerford Bridge, read A different kind of street art: Painter on Hungerford Bridge.

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Posted on 12 Aug 2013, in Activities, art, Festivals, Street art and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Fabulous! I walk past there often and now just have an excuse to pass by on Monday morning. There has been a little controversy lately over the plans to close the skate park – do you know if this decision has been reversed now (in light of them cashing in on their street smartness).

    • I think the plans are on hold for now, but the future is still uncertain… It’s such a good space for the boarders and tourists enjoy seeing it so I hope it remains. We don’t need any more chain restaurants along the Southbank!

  2. Love this street art!!! One of my favorite moments from my recent London trip!

  3. I remember seeing Stik’ s work at another street art walking tour in Dulwich a few years back with your good self. Must’ve been great to see him in action.

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