Loampit Vale mural launch, Fri 5 Oct 2018

*Cough* Is this thing on? *tap*

If someone sending me a press release about something I like centred right in the heart of Lewisham isn’t a reason to dust off my dormant blog momentarily, I don’t know what is.

The TL;DR version of the press release is: this Friday, 5 October 2018, from 16.30 to 18.30, there’ll be a grand opening event for the lovely new mural on Loampit Vale under the railway bridge next to Lewisham DLR station.

Round About Now mural opening event, Fri 5 Oct 16.30-18.30, meeting outside Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale, London SE13 7RZ

The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, will be attending, and everyone’s welcome. The meeting point is across the road from the mural outside Glass Mill Leisure Centre.

Whether all in attendance will end up holding hands, forming three circles and dancing across the A20 remains to be seen.

That press release in full:

A new mural has appeared on Loampit Vale depicting people dancing on Circles – nothing more removed from the hustle of traffic and commuting. It’s the work of Artmongers, responsible for a few other landmark artworks in the borough.

The plaque reads:

Unity, Harmony and Togetherness are ideas that sometimes seem very far away from our lives, especially when we are running to catch a train.

Although we might find it natural to look after ourselves and our families we also need to look beyond this and remember that we are one human race, a magnificently diverse species that is united by the desire to enjoy life and overcome adversity through meaningful relations with others.

While inspired in the Lewisham Logo, which depicts people forming a crown with their hands up in celebration, the mural turns the image into a dynamic dance between diverse people having a great time. At one point we will have to stop and think about where are we going as race and that time is ‘Round about Now’.

Artmongers has been commissioned by Greening Lewisham, through Lewisham Central Assembly to create a new piece of art that reflects positively on the area.

The Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan will be at the opening event which will be held outside the Glass Mill Leisure Centre this coming Friday 5th of October from 16.30 to 18.30 pm. Everyone Welcomed.

Full disclosure: they got the road wrong in the opening line and I corrected it to reduce reader rage

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