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Many residents we’ve spoken to have mentioned how unpleasant the empty shop shutters at the Gale Street/Rugby road junction look, asking how they can be improved for the benefit of the area and everyone within it. We agree and whilst the shops are empty, which we hope will not be for long, we want to get your ideas on improving the look and feel of the whole area by using the shutters as a blank canvas for art work.

The shutters could be painted with art work to reflect the famous history of the area – perhaps with flamingo’s like those that used to live in Parsloe’s Park. It would be great if the art work could create a positive focal point that can be enjoyed by everyone. We want to hear your views on what you think should go on the shutters. Would you like to see the shutters being turned from this:

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To something like this? (These are cranes not flamingoes but this gives you an idea of what could be done!).

Shutters by TAG reproduced from www.turnpikeartgroup.co.uk

Shutters by TAG reproduced from http://www.turnpikeartgroup.co.uk

Or maybe the shutters could feature a portrait of a local legend who grew up on the Estate? With many to choose from such as Bobby Moore, Vera Lynn or Billy Bragg or the Dagenham Girl Pipers or any others. The picture below shows one of Sustrans famous Portrait benches in Rotherhithe where community members voted on which famous local faces to feature.

Rotherhithe Portrait Bench. Photo reproduced from www.russiadock.blogspot.co.uk

Rotherhithe Portrait Bench. Photo reproduced from http://www.russiadock.blogspot.co.uk

Once we have a few ideas we’re happy to organise a vote both on and offline so we can find out wider community opinion about what the shutter art should feature. Please get in touch or comment on the bottom of this article sharing your ideas. We’re hoping to carry out the shutter painting during May half term (28th/29th of May).

Here are some examples of shutters which have been painted elsewhere for your inspiration:

Ben Eine's work on the Middlesex Street estate 2010. (Source: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Europe)

Ben Eine’s work on the Middlesex Street estate 2010. (Source: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Europe)

Zarah Hussain's artwork as part of Barking, Paint the Town project in 2013

Zarah Hussain’s artwork as part of Barking, Paint the Town project in 2013

Would you like to have a positive impact on your neighbourhood? Get involved with the shutter art project and find out about other ways to improve your area with DIY Porter’s Lodge at our Facebook page.

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3 thoughts on “Shutter Love

  1. Art work on the shutters would be lovely if it was the flamingos or other pastoral scenes.
    As for people – certainly NOT Billy Bragg, who came from barking not Dagenham, doesn’t live here now but continually trumps on about how we should do things.

    • Thanks Christine. Great suggestion, a Parlsoe’s Park scene with flamingoes would look amazing on those shutters!

  2. Ii think any improvements to the area are welcome but it’s not just the shutters that need work. Sprucing up the frontage of all the shops/businesses along Gale Street would also improve the general look and feel of the area. The shops, pavements and the ouside of Becontree Station are unkempt and in need of a good clean and paint job.

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