“Foreigners own £55bm of London homes as buying spree set to climb” was the somewhat xenophobic headline in last night’s Evening Standard. The real issue is that demand continues to exceed supply, politicians setting newbuild target but fail to walk the walk and for every homeless person in the UK there are multiple empty residential properties. These circumstances spark the explosive property rental market which sees the lifeblood of the metropolis living in stupidly expensive boxes with long commutes to work and ridiculous proportions of disposal income sinking into accommodation costs. So what’s this to do with Brickflats?
In 2021 I stumbled literally on the art of Brickflats embedded in a Shoreditch pavement. It was original, unique and as I discovered it was expressing social concern regarding London’s housing situation. Brickflats talks in this interview about his background as a creative, the concept behind his wall interventions and a fascinating insight into his process and installation techniques.
Film by Dave Stuart
Brickflats instagram (includes locations map)
Lumiere London is back for 4 nights and the opening night in Thursday was blessed with a crisp clear sky.
Camille Gross & Leslie Epsztein – Voyage
54 illuminated installations split into 6 kind of distinct areas are visible from 5.30pm until 10pm, you’ll never do it in one night. Here is a snapshot, literally, of a few of the installations around Mayfair and the West End that blew my photo neurons on the first night.
Rhys Coren – Love Motion
Cédric Le Borgne – Was That A Dream?
Atsara – [M]ondes
Michael Davis – Ilumaphonium
Alexsandra Stratimirovic – Northern Lights
Impulse by Lateral Office and CS Design
There is a more comprehensive recollection on Graffoto, including more of the installations enjoyed last night.
At the time of writing (Friday morning) there are another 3 nights left to run. More information on the Lumiere London website, I tried the free App, the download map (contribution required) and the physical map available from vendors at various locations for £5, the hard copy map; was by far the most convenient for navigating a lot of the back street mazes navigating from one to the next.
It is street art, just not the tye Shoreditch Street Art Tours usually focusses on!
All photos: Dave Stuart