Some consider Dalston Lane Mural the most impressive piece of street art in London, one that exceeds other works in all respects. Ray Walker painted this mural to illustrate the paradox of human capacity for war on the one hand, and the ability to enjoy the existence of other people on the other.
For some Ray Walker’s 1985 depiction of the 1983 Hackney Peace Carnival does not count as street art, due the fact that it was painted with the agreement and probably at the behest of the authorities. It juxtaposes the fear of nuclear war which gripped Britain in the early 1980s, and the spirit of festival and carnival, a regular feature of London summer life. It is not only a piece of art, but also a fine testament to the multicultural spirit of East London’s summer festivals.
Dalston Lane Mural is considered by many as the most impressive piece of street art in London, which exceeds other works in all respects. It illustrates the paradox of human capacity for war on the one hand, and the ability to enjoy other’s existence on the other.