The only remaining part of Britain’s tallest mural was sold at auction today for a massive £193,750 in aid of a local arts charity after residents rescued a section following its demolition.
The piece by artist and friend of The Big Issue Stik, depicting a mother and her child, was painted on the side of West London social housing tower block Charles Hocking House in 2014. Dubbed Big Mother, it was 38.2m (125ft) and visible to planes leaving Heathrow Airport.
It was intended as a symbol of protest against the destruction of social housing – however the building was demolished earlier this year.
The artist said: “Big Mother represents vulnerable families and the need for public housing. The destruction of the public housing block it was painted on only adds to its meaning.”
Artification, which runs a free arts programme for council residents, fought to salvage the 280cm (9ft) spray-painted brick section of the mural which had been painted at the base of the wall.
They successfully rescued the section and with the support of Stik, had it stabilised and placed in auction. It has been on display as part of New Now at the Phillips auction house before going under the hammer.