Herne Hill mural

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Brian Roy Rosen
Herne Hill mural

Ever since its rather sudden appearance (last summer I think), I've been wondering who sponsored or commissioned the rather sinister in-yer-face gnome-ish mural on the wall at 157 Dulwich Road, as photographed a week or so ago by 'Tetramesh' on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tetramesh/24737459271/). 

Personally, I really don't like it (am I alone?) and as 'Darkroom Daze' pointed out in a comment on Tetramesh's photo, it's an unashamed coldly clever crib of a well-known Escher picture called 'Bond of Union' but without Escher's elegance or philosophy.  But maybe lots of other people out there love it (do they?).

But what relevance is it supposed to have to Herne Hill (if that matters) ?  Who gets to approve murals, and in particular who gave permission for its very conspicuous position, probably seen by tens of thousands of people a day?  Did the Herne Hill Society have some input?  Why not have a mural that celebrates local things, like say, Brockwell Park and all its events, in a way that the big murals in Brixton celebrate Brixton things?  At the very least a mural in this position should give a sense of welcome, or be artistically thought-provoking.

(Apologies if anyone else has commented on this mural before on this forum, but I did a search and didn't find anything.)

I like it and I think that it

I like it and I think that it is thought provoking.  I looked into it as soon as I spotted it and I always have a good look at it when I'm walking past it.  More info here http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/about/news/2015/october/phelgm-news-piece-(2)/

Brian Roy Rosen
Thanks very much, Lizzy, for

Thanks very much, Lizzy, for giving me the background to this mural.  I'll pass that on to 'Tetramesh' who posted a photo of it (as I mentioned before). But it doesn't make me like it. Escher's 'Bond of Union' does all the original thought-provoking 'leg-work', and I can only see Phlegm's effort as being derivative of that. It loses Escher's point without giving us anything worthwhile in its place.  It's hardly like Picasso's reworkings of Velazquez' 'Las Meninas'. I find Phlegm's re-working is just creepy and a bit nightmarish, in place of the celestial dreamy effect of 'Bond of Union'.  But perhaps I'll grow to like it in due course.  I certainly see it often enough.

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