What bollards! Street artist has fun with the balls keeping cars off a path in Hackney

bollards©DA0718L: graffitied bollards at housing estate in Amhurst Rd #Hackney E8 210718 © David.Altheer@gmail.com
Behind or perhaps ahead of the eight-ball? Subtle street art in Amhurst Road
©DA0718: Amhurst Rd #Hackney E8 210718 © David.Altheer@gmail.com
The balls block cars but let in pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooters
bollards©DA0718: graffitied bollards shoing melting ice cap at housing estate in Amhurst Rd #Hackney E8 210718 © David.Altheer@gmail.com
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THESE ATTRACTIVE VARIATIONS on the car-deterring bollard have been given witty makeovers by a street artist… and Hackney council would like to know their identity.

One of the concrete globes, at the Aspland Estate in Amhurst Road Dalston E8 1LL, has been adorned with a polar ice-cap that is melting — making a point to all who’ve been in baking-hot London for the last few months; another portrays the three wise monkeys of “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” fame; and a third is a pool-type eight-ball.

The town hall does not know who decorated the balls — but would like to. So, having been told of them by Loving Dalston, it is going to ask around, starting with the estate’s tenants and residents association (TRA).

bollards©DA0718: graffitied bollards (3 wise monkeys) at housing estate in Amhurst Rd #Hackney E8 210718 © David.Altheer@gmail.com
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A council insider said that if the TRA liked the artwork, the council would treat it as art rather than graffiti and would instruct staff not to remove it.

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* Photographs © DavidAltheer@gmail.com, and for sale for reproduction. Bigger format versions are usually available.

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