The Megaro Hotel on Euston Road and situated opposite St. Pancras Station in central London is a building to be seen. Last year, a massive, facade-covering mural was commissioned by the building owner which gave the building and new arrivals to the city, a completely made-over view. The owner, Tony Megaro states that, ‘The idea is basically to bring a bit of fun and colour to a drab stretch of road. Now when you come out of St Pancras, you’ll think: wow, what’s that?’
Courtesy of Agents of Change- Photographer Quintin lake
The work was carried out by the street arts collective Agents of Change and is titled ‘Marmite’. When I first saw the mural and the subtitle calling it graffiti, I thought ‘Surely someone must have walked out and said “Hey, what are you doing?!” before they finished.’ My grip on reality was shored up when I read that it was indeed commissioned and approved work. Some local residents are not overly thrilled with what they see as the defacement of historical architecture, but… well I don’t really have a response. Yes, the building is inexorably different. Is this good or bad, right or wrong? Just like the work’s namesake, it’s up to the individual to determine this for themselves.
Courtesy of Agents of Change- Photographer Bill Reed
I once read that it’s an editorial cop-out to conclude an article that way, but none-the-less, it’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Courtesy of Agents of Change