charles hocking house was built-in acton in 1969 with the aim of providing affordable housing for families in the area. the building is now condemned to be demolished with luxury apartments to be built-in it’s place.
a few weeks back the street artist stik completed a 125ft tall mural running the whole height of charles hocking house. it is the tallest piece of street art in the uk, with an aim at raising awareness about the lack of social housing in the area.
the piece is titled “big mother”. stik’s signature style shows a mother and child looking down from their condemned council estate at all the new luxury apartments that are already being built-in the area surrounding them. this piece is a comment on the lack of social housing in london for those that are most in need.
stik, who was once himself homeless spoke to the independent and had the following to say:
“affordable housing in britain is under threat; this piece is to remind the world that all people need homes.”
“the mother and child symbol are a representation of the family that live in this block.”
“the figures that I have painted are looking down sadly at their neighbourhood which is being developed with luxury apartments and this building is being demolished.”
“while I am drawing on the wall; my role as an artist is to draw from society and social issues, and try to depict what is going on.”
“i’m trying to articulate the voice of the people in stylised way to the world.”