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26 July 2017

Ben Eine Creates Mural to Honour Grenfell Tower Victims

The world renowned street artist Ben Eine has recently completed a heartfelt tribute to the victims and survivors of last month's tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

The typographic artist teamed up with poet Ben Okri to paint a passage from Okri’s poem ‘Grenfell Tower, June 2017’, written just days after the devastating fire in West London.

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Eine painted the line ‘You saw it in the tears of those who survived’ in his signature multicoloured circus font. The full 1,600-word poem was painted as the mural's background and the emotive piece was completed to mark the one-month anniversary of the fire. 

Channel Four's news correspondent Krishnan Guru-Murthy called a “stark and passionate cry from the heart" when he visited the mural, which is located at Village Underground in Shoreditch, an area home to other iconic EINE paintings. 

The project was arranged by social justice charity 'Paint the Change', a new worldwide street art campaign aimed at creating awareness for urgent societal issues. Journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari who set up the charity reflected on Eine and Okri’s mural:

 “I couldn’t stop crying when I saw that Ben Okri had said it all in his beautiful poem. I repeated one line for days: ‘You heard it in the cries in the air howling for justice.” 


Ben Okri and Ben Eine

While the Booker prize winning poet Ben Okri said that the mural is “an extraordinary idea. Anything that can draw attention to that outrage to humanity, anything that can commemorate the dead and help the survivors has my support.”

Graffiti writer turned street artist Eine explained that he hopes the mural “will help keep this discussion alive and bring the victims and survivors out of the shadows so that they can receive justice.”

Ben Eine's mural can be found at Village Underground – 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ.

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