This is street artist Roa’s Crane on Hanbury Street in London. This is his biggest work yet and the story goes that he laid down the whitewash for a stork but that a restaurant owner remarked that it looked like a crane. The crane is revered in Bangladeshi culture and thus the crane was born.
Once he had painted the white background, he sketched in the detail. I’d really recommend that you click on either of these photos to see the detail because this work really is exquisite.
I liked this story of the cranes for three reasons:
- The blue crane is the national bird of South Africa
- My favourite band for several years was Cranes
- My original online handle for nearly a decade was Crane
I saw this piece of street art on a recent Alternative London walking tour. The tour was free of charge and fascinating and I’ll be sure to upload more of my photos in a future post.