As part of the Bricklane Regeneration programme, Olli has been working with the council's High Street Team and Arts and Parks Event Team to complete a new public artwork to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Bangladeshi independence. There was a public consultation on proposals for a mural with proposals from 3 artists. The winning artist, Mohammed Ali, was selected after by feedback from residents, community groups, traders and local businesses. Olli rendered the elevation and prepared the surfaces for the artist and worked alongside the teams to coordinate the works, enabling the artist to paint the mural. We worked with the community traders to make sure Brick Lane businesses could continue as usual whilst the works were going on.
Mohammed Ali is a street artist who digs deep down to bring meaning into the public space. He has been painting street art professionally for the last 20 years, travelling the globe with his art. He is passionate about making street art that speaks to the community. The working-class immigrant narrative is very personal to the artist and his work reflects his own heritage.
The mural was unveiled by Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs, at an event with all the people involved and the local media and press.
The project was a great success for the community and Olli was the major coordinator, bringing all the artistic and logistical elements together as well as carrying out the preparatory works that were so crucial to the finished quality of the mural.