Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S the Great Wall of Peckham

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S the Great Wall of Peckham

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The Peckham Peace Wall began life as a window: a long pane of shop glass in the front of Rye Lane's newly refurbished branch of Poundland. During the riots last summer, the glass went, along with some of Poundland's stock. The next morning, after the damage had been boarded up, a local theatre group covered the MDF with multicoloured Post-It notes, asking passers-by to fill them in with messages about why they loved Peckham. They called it, with impeccable logic, 'The "Why We Love Peckham" Wall'. The notes filled to overflowing with affection and wounded civic pride. And they attracted reporters, who gave the d i splay a more resonant name .

For the riot's first anniversary, the Po st-It note s have been t raced by a collective called Garudio Studiage to create a huge, permanent mural in nea rby Peckham Squa re . …

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