Yesterday briefly joined painter Dan Llywleyn Hall , Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson, film-maker Jane Gull and many other artists in Euston Square Gardens to make drawings of the Gardens’ remaining trees, soon to be cut down by HS2 to make way for a temporary taxi rank in front of Euston Station. Some of the trees are over 200 years old, and are not only to be valued and cherished for their beauty and elegance, but for their generous role in alleviating the toxic air from Euston Road, one of the most polluted roads in London.
There’s an exhibition of work in the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras New Churchyard, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA, open 11-4 daily. Private view 29th June 6-9pm. Earlier this year, the church’s vicar and another activist heroically chained themselves to one of the ancient and threatened plane trees, protesting against their destruction by HS2.
Below, in the Crypt Gallery yesterday, a detail from one of Dan Llywleyn Hall large paintings, showing ghostly figures using the Gardens, and my drawings in situ. Many more wonderful drawings and paintings there.