The air is thick with chemicals and weed. Overhead trains rumble in and out of Waterloo. Masked artist, armed with cans and plans, stand like off-duty stormtroopers. Adding colour and political expression to what otherwise would be another dingy London alley.
Leake Street Tunnel is London's playground for graffiti artists. The place they go to get baked as they decorate the walls and the ceiling with vivid colour and political statement–hopefully, without fear of arrest.
Nearly a decade ago, in May 2008, renowned street artist Banksy held the first Cans Festival here in the Leake Street Tunnel, expressing his wish that the project would:
Twenty-nine artists went to work, each spraying down a section of wall, giving the tunnel a touch of their artistic style, and starting a trend that changed Leake Street forever. Six months after the festival, The Tunnel was made pedestrian only graffiti zone.
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