Thursday, August 4, 2011

Forest Hill electricity substation finally complete! hooray!

The 'Cleaner, Greener, Safer' scheme people from Southwark council asked me to decorate a blank brick building that was getting repeatedly tagged up with something more visually appealing. the theme of a wild flower meadow was suggestid to reflect the gorgeous colourful summer nature that is currently in full bloom in Peckham Rye park across the road. 98% of the local population loved the finished artwork, the other 2% had no taste... (hahaha)

next up is the continuation of the bollard decoration project just up the road from this mural outside the Herne Tavern (2 Forest hill road)

 when the binmen empty the bins the subterranean mole chasing a worm scene is revealed. (L plates were added by special request for the local driving school business located across the road from the mural)

heres Mick the friendly hobbit who lives in the electricity box with his little dog Milo.
this is how the substation looked before decorating it (a favourite spot for drippy ink pen taggers)
Council anti-graff team painted over preliminary mural sketches too

Flutterby spies a spidera...

and some great feedback from a very happy local impressed by the project:

Dear Mr Morganico

I am really pleased that we met and had a chat on Forest Hill Road. Since I've seen them, I've always enjoyed your artworks on the parking bollards between Piermont Green and Ryedale, and especially your painting of the electricity substation by the Herne Tavern. I really enjoy that; even in the depths of winter under grey skies, it lifts the spirit of the whole area with lush visions of sun and jungle. In summer, under a bright sun, it's absolutely delightful. The total effect, with the bollards too, is to transform the feeling of the place, very much for the better. And it adds to my pleasure to know that you are doing this with the support of Southwark Council, which confirms my feeling that, as councils go, we have come to live in the right place.

Thank you for your work, and the pleasure that it gives me every day.

I have meant, for some time, to write to the council to compliment them on their initiative in maintaining this as a decent place to live, but I didn't know to whom to address it. Could you please pass these comments on to the person who commissions your artwork?

Thank you. 

Peter Ceresole
Driving lessons happening in Forest Hill with Nicholas driving school
Protecting the warning signs with maskin tape


  1. love it... keep on keepin on

  2. Gorgeous; I love your colours most of all, really beautifully chosen. It looks as though you were able to include a lot of elements as you originally envisioned them ? It looks joyful, and I love the fun of viewing wraparound, multi-surface murals.

    "More power to your elbow !"

  3. As the local driing Instructor and opposite the old sub station. It used to be an eye sore.

    No more its a work of art,well done Morganic.

    Most of the locals love it including me.

    Nicholas Driving Academy SE22

  4. It was an eye sore.

    Not any more thanks to Morganic and the council.

    Well done guys I love it!

  5. What an absolutley lovely picture for ALL to study and admire.. we need more of this. "Thank-you" Morganico. Paddy.

  6. “To bring such *beauty* to these oft raggedy, shabby-shod streets of South London is a veritable godsend; one worthy of all due credit:

    1. Thanks to those with 'the vision to commission', --they in the bustling halls of the local council, and,

    2. maximum credit and thanks to this amazingly talented artist, Morganico; he who is able to transform such soulless, ugly and mundanely utilitarian objects into an uplifting visual experience for all those who are fortunate enough to gaze upon his wonderful (wonder-filled!) murals.

    This is real art, --a genuine 'art for the people'-- and of much more social benefit than inaccessible commercial galleries filled full of meaningless, over-priced tat for the trend-ridden rich!

    One can but imagine the effect such amazing artwork, such as this seen here, has upon little kids who live in the locality. In place of viewing only ugly, tawdry scrawls -- daubed by antisocial dimwits, they are instead able to be 'inspired to aspire' and thence in their turn, one day follow the exemplar, and eventually share their own intrinsic talents with the general public, in an equally benign and beneficial manner...

    "Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit" [Out of nothing, nothing comes] but the opposite is also true: "Out of the worthy, ~ real worth issues forth..."
    ~ Let it be! :)


    'a fan!'


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