The Weekly Wall | #006 | Botanical Mural by Hicks & Hicks
Lyme Grove, London E9 6PX
Nearest Station: Hackney Central
I’ve long been a fan of this wall by London-based brother and sister duo Hicks & Hicks (find it my top ten walls in London guide here) and it’s since gone down as a bit of a hit with the influencer community, as seen on a number of bloggers’ grids.
The duo consisting of illustrator Josephine Hicks and her brother Ed Hicks, who have since gone on to work with the Pergola group on a number of projects, were asked by Islington and Hackney Housing association to revitalise a bleak grey wall within the East-end housing complex.
They chose to base the mural on the history of the area, which during the late 17th century was home to the largest exotic plant hothouse – Loddiges Nursey – importing and growing a record number of palms, orchids and trees, pre-dating even the magical Kew Gardens, which changed the horticulture landscape in Europe.
While Josephine primarily started working as an illustrator, it has been the involvement of her brother, a pretty known street artist, that has led her on to designing large scale murals. The resulting Hicks & Hicks work is a playful exploration in the way we think about space, textures and everyday objects. “Pink and green should always be seen” seems to be a firm motto in the Hicks household.
The particular botanical creation is hidden away in perfect contrast to the surrounding housing but is merely a short walk away from the Hackney highstreet and the likes of Palm Vaults where the coffee cups go with the wall like some kind of botanical inception. Keep posted on the duo’s mural whereabouts by giving them both a follow on instagram and don’t forget to tag them in your snaps!
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