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#ShoreditchGraffiti Pick Of The Week

by Zoe Harrison | 20.08.2014

the power of the girl


London based artist Lakwena is responsible for this beautiful barrage of colour located on Holywell Lane in Shoreditch.

Talented Lakwena’s inspiration is ‘the human instinct for adornment and embellishment’ which is clearly evident in this mood lifting mural. Shoreditch has followed this philosophy effortlessly for years, with vibrant, surprising and entertaining works of street art being lovingly created only to be painted over by equally fabulous works a few weeks later.  Lakwena’s work is a 1st class example of why our EC2A postcode is such an uplifting, fun place to work.

‘Power of the Girl’ was a commission for NIKE foundation supported charity ‘The Girl Effect’, who’s main aim is to leverage ‘the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.’ The intention of the piece was to promote East London’s first Girl Effect festival, bringing together talented female street artists, comedians and spoken-word poets to raise awareness for this worthy cause.

Lakwena’s striking modern-ethnic style encapsulates perfectly the global stance of ‘The Girl Effect’ . All girls are potential ‘agents of change’, change their prospects, and they have it in them to transform societies.