Like many residents, we’ve long had a soft spot for graf artist Mr P’s fabulous ‘Kentish Town!’ work, which livens up a brick wall behind the tube, and has greeted thousands of commuters and visitors since it appeared back in 2005.
And we’re happy to report that this week it’s had a facelift; not only that, but it was funded, according to the Camden New Journal, by an anonymous group of businesses and residents so that even though said facelift – on a cherry picker, in the middle of the day, with safety harnasses et al – appeared legitimate, it wasn’t. “In fact,” says Mr P, in the CNJ, “it was technically illegal.” Ha! Very Kentish Town.
And he says, in the CNJ, of the original work: “I remember thinking when I first did it that this is Kentish Town, it’s pretty cool, so let’s celebrate it. I didn’t realise it would become a landmark, but it has done.”
Indeed. But who, then, were the mystery benefactors? And who, for that matter, is Mr P? We at the Kentishtowner need to know.
Until then, we salute you one and all.