Maybe Brixtonites are just too cool to bother posting up positive messages on the hoardings outside a riot-devastated building – or maybe no one really cared much for the burnt out store in the first place.
Either way, the ‘Brixton Wall’ around the fire-damaged Footlocker store in central Brixton has certainly failed to capture the imagination of locals with no messages being added since the ‘One Love Brixton’ graffiti went up.
It’s been a different story in Peckham where a local theatre company created a “wall of love” for local residents to highlight the positive aspects of the area.
Hundreds of people quickly filled the wall with uplifting messages about the area on multi-coloured post-it notes, and it’s proved such a hit that the wall is going to be preserved.
Brixtonites don’t seem to have responded with the same level of enthusiasm – this is the sum total of messages thus far (although a bit of paper with a Facebook ‘like’ graphic was spotted briefly on the wall).
Not quite sure what “I <diamond> my Brixton” means, either!
Your opinion wanted!
What do you think of the wall? Are you going to head down and start adding your own comments? Or do you think the whole idea is a bit, well, naff?
Please post up your thoughts below!
Update: 01:00 17th August: another large fire broke out in Footlocker which took forty firefighters over an hour to put out.
4 Comments on “Brixton’s riot ‘love wall’ fails to engage locals”
If I were being cynical, I’d say the Peckham theatre group got lots of mates & socially networked their wall up, maybe.
When I saw it I thought it was a footlocker gimmick so didn’t really look.
Will have a look tomorrow and maybe write something 🙂
I think the ‘diamond’ is a pair of kissing lips. I kiss my Brixton?
You’re probably right. Funny shaped lips though!