Street artists hired to spruce up canals next to Olympic Park

Street art is soon to appear along east London’s canals—and it has official sanction of the waterways’ trust.

A project commissioning works from street artists has been started by the Legacy List in partnership with the Canal & Waterways Trust.

It has even taken on ‘street art curator’ Cedar Lewisohn to mastermind the scheme to install works at locations along the Lee Navigation and Hertford Union canals, between Old Ford and Hackney Wick.

Cedar said: “I want to reach audiences who use London’s canals and bring new art to the locations.”

The brief is to reflect the location and history of the canals, with artists chosen from a mix of well-known and rising stars from the international street art scene.

The Legacy List’s chief executive, Sarah Weir, said: “The waterways are a key focus of the Olympic Park and its surroundings—we’re giving street artists and local communities the chance to influence and be part of this feature of east London.”

The project even offers a ‘street artist in residence’ for a year. Four sites along the canals are expected to be ready by autumn next year, as the Olympic Park opens.