New public artwork defines British culture

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Nick Draper unveiled a new mural in Mitcham town centre today.

The art work, which depicts Mitcham residents’ interpretation of British culture, was revealed for all to see on Thursday 7 January at midday.

The 8’x4′ mural is a deconstructed Union Jack featuring over 60 portraits and landscapes painted by Mitcham residents of all ages using acrylic and poster paints. The contributions were all created during the successful Big Draw month in October 2009 and, together, make this the first piece of public art ever to adorn the wall of McDonald’s in Mitcham (Fair Green). The mural will be displayed there for six months.

Councillor Nick Draper said: “It is a privilege to be here today to officially present this mural to the people of Mitcham. Drawing is a wonderful way in which to express oneself and this work of art in particular is the result of the efforts and talents of many people in the borough coming together to create an wonderful overall effect.”

Councillor Diane Neil Mills said: “This work of art is all about giving art back to the community. After so much hard work by all those involved, our wonderful, new mural is on the wall of McDonald’s for all to see as they go about their day-to-day business, and will be enjoyed by hundreds of passers-by. It is a clear demonstration of the amazing creativity we have in the borough, and more specifically, in Mitcham.”

Photographs of the mural can be seen at: