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Gallery: Murals and dove sculpture wow residents as Art Trail Wanstead kicks off

PUBLISHED: 09:40 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:36 09 September 2014

Artists and volunteers from the trail with Anna Bisset's Peace Dove sculpture in the background. [Picture: Geoff Wilkinson]

Artists and volunteers from the trail with Anna Bisset's Peace Dove sculpture in the background. [Picture: Geoff Wilkinson]

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Sculptures, murals, ceramics and even chairs are the highlights of a 16-day attraction which has kicked off.

Sam Cowan's mural, which includes the words for peace from different languagesSam Cowan's mural, which includes the words for peace from different languages

The fifth annual Art Trail Wanstead launched with a series of workshops and displays of public art, with more to come over the next two weeks.

The attraction’s theme is Make Art Not War.

The activities began at Stevens Motors, in Wellington Road, where artists and volunteers painted a tyre totem.

The action then moved to Wanstead tube station. Artists Sam Cowan, Angela Daley, Marsha Ashley and Aixa Rios created special murals on poster panels outside the building with the help of youngsters - who painted extra poppies.

Sam Cowan's mural, which includes the words for peace from different languagesSam Cowan's mural, which includes the words for peace from different languages

Both children and adults at the launch made paper doves to hang on branches and poppies out of clay, recycled plastic and paper.

One of the trail’s highlights is Anna Bisset’s Peace Dove sculpture, which was driven down High Street before making a stop at the tube station.

The creation is made out of willow cane and has a wingspan of about 1.5m.

The founder of the trail, Donna Mizzi, said: “We had an amazingly enthusiastic response to the Peace Dove, workshops, murals and the fabulous work on show.

Mural outside Wanstead tube station. [Picture: Jeanette Cole]Mural outside Wanstead tube station. [Picture: Jeanette Cole]

“Many people stopped and said they look forward to the art trail each year and visitors even commented on what an exciting area Wanstead is.

“We know that people from outside the area will visit Wanstead and undoubtedly that will lead to more business for the High Street and will bring people back to the area.”

Highlights this weekend will include a display and open day at the Wanstead House Community Association, from 1-5pm on Saturday, and an Art Trail space at the Wanstead Festival on Sunday, by Evergreen Field.

Artwork is being shown in 75 venues during the trail and approximately 150 people are taking part.

Aixa Rios painting her mural. [Picture: Geoff Wilkinson]Aixa Rios painting her mural. [Picture: Geoff Wilkinson]

For information on activities, visit artgroupwanstead.com.


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