The artist STIK finally got the permission to paint this mural in Old Street at Shoreditch, London.
The 3 figures represent the past, present and future of this popular part of the city.
The first one is looking back to a district that used to be home to a lot of artists. The figure in the middle is quite uncertain of how long the few remaining artists can afford to stay here, because the rent is increasing constantly – Greetings from the widespread phenomenon gentrification! The third figure is looking at the future with – as the artist says – trepidation. Stay or move is yet to be seen.. This mural is only visible for some weeks of the year because most of the time it is covered by a huge advertising hoarding.
STIK still lives and works in Shoreditch, even though he had to move from his old studio one year ago, as it has been converted into offices…