Walala Parade is looking mighty fine in the sun

Well, that went up quickly. Now the scaffolding’s down, Leyton High Road just got a darn sight prettier

Walala Parade is, as regular readers will know, the result of a couple of years’ collab between Deeney’s head honchos Carol and Paddy, and Andy de Vries of animation studio Mighty Elk.

It was Andy who thought the street could benefit from “an artistic intervention” and that the uniquely shaped buildings would be most suited to a mural.

So photogenic: Walala, yesterday. All photos: SE

Looking for an artist with a strong positive aesthetic – as well as the expertise to deliver such a logistically complex project – the pair approached East London-based Camille Walala.

Having created murals, building façades and installations in locations from Mauritius to Mayfair, Walala has a track record in using “bold colours and dynamic geometries to energise urban landscapes”, said the pair in our last article.

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She 100% embraced the opportunity to inject a bit of joy into this central Leyton strip via what is a truly large-scale, street-spanning mural.

Crowdfunded to the hilt – in fact it smashed its target – the paint job happened in a flash over a week or two earlier this month.

Looking up Leyton High Road from the south end. Photo: SE

And now, with the scaffolding down, it’s looking might fine, especially mid afternoon – these shots were taken at about 430pm yesterday – when the sun illuminates the primary colours so beautifully.

We say: even if you live right over on the other side of the neighbourhood – or London, for that matter – head over this weekend and grab a burger at Deeney’s, or a pint at the Coach & Horses afterwards.

The question is: which east London strip should be next in line for a paint job?

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