Guinness World Record for Most Contributions to a Colour by Numbers Herne Hill History Mural
Photo by Tricia Keracher Summerfield
Professional painting assistants: Kim Lewis, Fenella Page, Jan Treadgold.
Herne Hill Station Mural is currently at the end of the painting phase. It is a 40m x 2m mural that will be located in the underpass of Herne Hill Station in South London. I started designing the mural in 2016 by hand and digitally drawing every element, all the landmarks and notable people, and making a to scale computer model 1:7 of the size of the finished mural. I then transferred the design onto Polytab mural cloth with acrylic artist paint from Molotow.
Eight schools in the area (including two schools with SEND students) and the local community took part in colouring it in. We attempted and achieved the Guinness Book Record for most participants in a colour by numbers mural on the 12h and 13th of September 2018 and 2,330 people participated. It was great to collaborate with my wife, Emma Szepessy, who acted as Guinness Co-Ordinator and we are very happy that the Herne Hill Community are now Guinness World Record Holders.
It's part of a larger renovation project aiming at transforming the whole underpass into a safe and enjoyable place to pass through. The mural is a panorama view of Herne Hill, seen from Brockwell Park, showing landmarks and a diversity of notable Herne Hillians. The project is funded by Herne Hill Forum, Lambeth Council, Southeastern Rail, and Network Rail. It won the Aviva Community Award.