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This Petrol Station Runs On Ideas Not Gas

For years, Wood Lane's petrol station has been best known for its fly posters, litter and the fact you could see the sky through the Esso sign. That's until Global Street Art got their rollers out.

Watch the transformation of White City's favourite eyesore below. Then send us your ideas to make use of the space.

14.07.2017

Ever since White Noise has been in White City, the Wood Lane petrol station has looked like this:

wood lane petrol station white city

Until last month, that is. 

“Painted cities” is Global Street Art's mission, motto and the reason for the agency's existence. In the past five years, for instance, they have wrangled room on London's bare walls for over 1,500 legal graffiti pieces. You wouldn't guess it from a stroll along Brick Lane, but around half of the road's murals exist thanks to the agency's advocacy of street artists. 

Armed with a design drawn up by artists Craig and Karl, we gave them a call. They pulled out the stops, the rollers on the long poles and 200 litres of paint, and this is what happened:

But Global Street Art's fine paint job is only the beginning. The petrol station is a beautiful shell, but an empty one. We'd like to spend the summer filling this striking corner with flash dance mobs, art exhibitions, lemonade stands, kick-boxing classes, spoken word events, film screenings, workshops. Anything, really, that London's most ingenious imaginations can dream up. 

It's already starred as a backdrop to Otti's Studio's miniature models:

wood lane petrol station white city otti studio

And played off against patterned leggings by Print Bint:

wood lane petrol station white city print bint

wood lane petrol station white city print bint

wood lane petrol station white city print bint

wood lane petrol station white city print bint

Now it's over to you. Download the information pack here and drop us a line. 

wood lane petrol station white city

Print Bint photos by Michael Chapman.

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