St. George’s Primary School
On Friday, 8th June, a beautiful 22 meter-wide mural of a whale was painted on the playground wall of St. George's Primary School in Battersea. Artist Mr Dane has been working with St. George's Primary School for the past two years, involved in storytelling sessions, design classes, and creative workshops with each year group. The school had organised a competition and the image of the whale was voted for by the students who wanted their school environment to be as beautiful as the Edible Avenue installation across the road.
The school chose Graphenstone CO2 absorbing paint. As the wall is so large, its absorbency calculates to approx 30 kg of CO2. It has many eco-benefits, for example there are no volatile organic compounds and the paint is vapour open so the wall is allowed to breathe naturally. The image is of a life-size female whale set against a blue sea backdrop. The female whale is exactly the same length as the playground 'pen' at St. George's. Historically, whales have been seen in the Thames, the last one being spotted in 2006!