Lie Lie Land mural mocking Theresa May and Donald Trump returns to Islington as part of outdoor pop-up gallery
PUBLISHED: 14:22 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:49 03 August 2018
A mural mocking Donald Trump and Theresa May has made a triumphant return to an Islington shopping street as part of a roadside pop-up gallery.
Street artist Bambi’s famous Lie Lie Land artwork on the corner of Cross Street and Shillingford Road shows the pair in the iconic dancing pose from Hollywood hit La La Land.
After appearing at the start of 2017 it became something of a tourist attraction and featured in thousands of selfies taken in the trendy retail spot.
But when fashion outlet Etre Cecile took over the former Cross Street Gallery at the start of this year, bosses immediately painted over the work, angering locals and Bambi herself.
Now it turns out the shop only owns a small part of the wall, so Bambi – whose identity is shrouded in secrecy – has got back to work on the rest of it.
Not content with simply replacing Lie Lie Land, however, she has painted a total of six pieces displayed side by side.
The artist, whose works have been bought by the likes of Brad Pitt, Rihanna and Adele, told the Gazette: “With Donald Trump visiting the UK, I was getting requests to re-do Lie-Lie Land in Islington.
“I’m currently working on a series of Theresa May works. There’s also ‘Another Fine Mess’, which features May and Boris Johnson, and I wanted to show them together.”
The loosely-themed smaller works now make up an outside gallery and Bambi says placing them next to each other has changed how people interact with them.
“Instead of standing next to them and taking a selfie, they were moving from piece-to-piece like they would in an art gallery, taking each one in,” she said.
“I put the artworks up a week ago, and the show will last as long as it does. Obviously there’s less protection for the works on the street as you can’t close the door at night. But, that’s the nature of street art and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Etre Cecile told the Gazette in January the wall would be used to showcase “amazing young artists” from the area.