Last February, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that Croydon will be named the London Borough of Culture in 2023. This award is specific to the arts and community projects in Croydon. One of the borough’s biggest exports in this regard is street art. Almost every major location in Croydon has some sort of mural, or magnificent art piece.
Different festivals and initiatives within the past 10 years (Nuart Festival, Rise Festival/Gallery, The Croydon Mural Project) have made it a mission to enrich its surrounding community with artistic beauty, ultimately turning these art pieces into community landmarks.
Below are some of the most eye catching fixtures in the Croydon Borough, with brief descriptions of their inception.
Rhino by Sonny (2017)
Apart of a wildlife protection campaign called “To The Bone”, UK born and South African based artist Sonny aimed to secure funds for endangered wildlife in Asia and Africa by painting a mural. In collaboration with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), the mural was painted on the corner of Fell Road and High Street, CR0 1QF.
The mural features a Rhino and a young child (the first time Sonny had used a human in one of his mural’s).
Toy Town: Astroboy by Dotmaster (2015)
Orginally meant for The Croydon Mural Project, Dotmaster continued his Toy Town series with his mural dedicated to the character Astro Boy overlooking Croydon High Street. Taking a week to finish, the huge stencil was used to raise Croydon’s profile and bring art back into the community.
Boy Soldier by Schoony (2017)