About six months ago, a herd of wildlife-loving street artists decided to transform the railway arches of London. Armed with brushes and cans of spray paint, and led by British artist Louis Masai, they converted the drab, mostly grey structures of Tower Hamlets, East London, into dazzling murals of endangered of wildlife species, brimming with life, colour and intensity. In the months that followed, commuters found themselves walking alongside a psychedelic rhino, blooming coral gardens, and a polar bear perched on a fast-melting block of ice.
The project, titled Endangered 13, was sponsored by Human Nature, an environmental platform that uses art to put the spotlight on our species’ confrontational relationship with nature. They hope the works will inspire and engage people to think about their environment—and bring a little colour and imagination to the neighbourhood.
Amrita Lall is a former Web Intern at National Geographic Traveller India. She loves people-watching, reading books, and all the dogs in the world. She strongly believes that the best stories are right here, in our everyday lives.