Originally painted in 2020 by Create Not Destroy to commemorate the talented Mercury Prize nominated artist Benedict “TY” Chijioke following his sudden death in 2020 due to complications related to Covid.
Bunny Bread at Create Not Destroy said: “The mural has served as a way for us to honour and remember TY, and with his birthday approaching on 17 August and the 50 Year Anniversary of Hip-hop on 11 August, we felt this was the perfect time to rejuvenate the mural and create a new visual representation of TY’s artistic legacy.”
“Collaborating with arts organisations close to TY’s heart: Jazz re:freshed, Louder Than Words, Apples and Snakes, Scanners Inc, The Brixton Project were able to bring this vision to life. Their support and partnership made it possible to create a new design that would serve as a beacon of TY’s lasting impact and influence on his beloved Brixton and the wider international Hip-hop community.”
Bunny Bread continued: “We are immensely grateful for their assistance in making this project a reality. Together, we have not only restored the mural but also revitalised TY’s memory and his contributions to the world of music and art. Special thanks to the whole team at Create Not Destroy Jason, Simone and Havier for their time and dedication. It is an absolute honour to pay tribute to our dear friend, TY. Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this restoration possible.”
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