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Posted by Kim Winter, Tuesday 5th June, 2012

Windmill mural unveiled

Mural before (left) and after (right)

Image: Owen Llewellyn and Paul Cronk

Despite the drizzle, the bunting and barbecues were out in force at Lyham Road's street party on 5 June, when the finished mural of Brixton Windmill was finally unveiled.

The revamped artwork has been brought right up to date, both in terms of subjects (including the famous Roof Dog from the Windmill pub) and techniques.

Julian Phethean of Positive Arts, the street art company that worked on the mural, explains: "The whole mural is painted with spray paint, which is very tough, as it's meant to be outdoors. We're also going to cover it with a coat of lacquer, so it should last 15-20 years.

"We've had more than 100 people of all ages working on it - it's been a real community project. The design was worked out as part of the consultation.

"The left-hand windows show scenes from 1816, when the windmill was built, while the right-hand windows show the area as it is today, including a boy with a bike who lives on Blenheim Gardens Estate. He's really proud of being in the mural!"