"You saw it in the tears of those who survived" — Words by Ben Okri & Art by Ben Eine
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ


The 14 June 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower, in north-west London, was more than simply a tragic loss of more than 80 lives. The fire opened a national debate on inequality – with many people across London and the United Kingdom voicing anger at the disparities between rich and poor in North Kensington and across the country. Ben Okri, the Booker Prize-winning Nigerian writer who lives near Grenfell Tower, composed a 1,600-word poem in response to the fire; the poem was published in the Financial Times and broadcast on Channel 4 News. We decided that Okri's poem was the perfect inspiration for a mural honouring the victims and survivors of the fire. All we needed then was the right artist: and we found him in the celebrated lettering artist Ben Eine. You can learn more about Paint the Change and our Grenfell Tower mural at our blog.

Financial Times: Shoreditch mural honours Grenfell Tower victims
Evening StandardGrenfell Tower mural honours victims with words from powerful Ben Okri poem
BBCGrenfell Tower poem turned into mural
Hackney CitizenVillage Underground gets new mural to honour Grenfell victims
Inspiring CityGiant mural from Ben Eine in Shoreditch pays tribute to survivors and victims of Grenfell Tower