Leytonstone ‘Birds’ mural honours local boy Hitchcock
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Waltham Forest Council has paid homage to local boy Alfred Hitchcock as part of their £9 million investment in local high streets, with a mural of 'The Birds' on Leytonstone High Road.
Leytonstone’s best known son has been commemorated at the place of his birth with a huge mural of birds in tribute to his classic 1963 film. The striking images have been painted on the building directly next to the plot where the director was born. The landlord of the building has written a formal complaint (that’s a 24housing joke).
"It’s great to be able to pay tribute to Alfred Hitchcock in such a striking and innovative way that really adds something to the High Road," said Chris Robbins, leader of Waltham Forest Council.
Not only do a flock of birds adorn the building, but Tippi Hedren (star of the film) is also painted cowering from them as she teeters on a telephone cabling box that stands on the pavement next to the building.
Hitchcock’s famous profile is depicted in the eye of the largest bird. The mural sits next to where Hitchcock was raised and his father owned a greengrocer’s. It is now a petrol station, but a blue plaque bears testament to its one-time famous resident at 517 Leytonstone High Road.
The scheme has been led by Jan Kattein Architects, with the Hitchcock illustration by Anna Mill and the facade painting carried out by Mateusz Odrobny from MJO Signwriting.
The mural is just part of a range of improvements along Leytonstone High Road where £283,000 has been spent on five key sites that include new signage, decorations and brick cleaning. Paving slabs near the junction with Lynn Road are also adorned with birds set into the pavement.