Indian-origin artists create giant mural as tribute to Queen in London

LONDON: Two artists of Indian origin in the UK are working on a giant mural of Queen Elizabeth II as a tribute to the late monarch who passed away last week.
Jignesh and Yash Patelborn in Gujarat and based in the west Londonhas been working on the community project since news of the 96-year-old Queen’s death was announced on Thursday, which will be visible from afar in the Hounslow area of ​​west London.
A group of Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom (IDUK) are supporting their project by raising funds online on the Go Fund Me website, which has raised over £1,000.
“This artwork will not only honor the Queen but is a work of art that will be enjoyed by thousands of people across the UK for years to come,” IDUK said.
“Jignesh and Yash Patel are famous artists with five Guinness World Records such as the world’s largest bubble wrap painting, which they created in 2021 by filling 200,000 bubbles to set a new world record. The duo are very active in many charity and community projects through their art,” the group said.
The mural is being created on a two-story building in the Kingsley Road area, east of Hounslow as a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The artist, who also painted a large mural by the Dutch impressionist artist Van Gogh in the area, said they had wanted to cover their street with murals to enhance the area.
Yash Patel said: “We pay our respects to Her Majesty the Queen with a skill we are best at right.
He said the project has also brought locals together and is a “joint community effort” with local councilors who are also on the board.
“An excellent project and a worthy goal,” said one Go Fund Me contributor in a message accompanying his donation.
“Your efforts towards a better community and your commitment are commendable,” added another.
The Queen’s state funeral will be held on Monday.

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