Hookedblog finally found some time to head over East to Hackney Wick to look for the works of Mexican street artist Pablo Delgado. We had heard the artist was briefly back in London working on a number of projects – including a joint exhibition at Creative Debut with London artist Hin, as well as a new print edition with East London gallery Nelly Duff.
While in town Delgado also returned to the streets and managed to install a new series of his much loved miniature street art paste-ups.
These street-level paper works are no more than a few inches in height, wheat-pasted to the walls at pavement level more often than not with hand painted shadows or as in the case of this new series pictured below, splashes of vibrant colour along with the painted shadows adding to the 3D effect. We had read on Instagram that Delgado installed around 25 pieces around Hackney Wick.
Looking at the artists Instagram account and the dates when he shared some of the pieces he installed we were not sure if we would find still find any of his paper works surviving after a few weeks of exposure to the weather elements. Plus with none of the images shared on Instagram tagged with the locations or street names we were not sure how many if any we would be able to locate.
Hunting for Pablo Delgado
For our afternoon of street art hunting in Hackney Wick, we took the No 8 bus from Shoreditch and figuring we would start on the Fish Island side of Hackney Wick. With the winter light fading early in the afternoon we headed over around noon as we wanted to give ourselves enough time to locate as many of the works as possible.
Our hunt for the Delgado works was made that little bit easier having previous photographed some of the artists street projects such as his missing woman series and some of his miniature street scenes we had a pretty good idea of what to be on the lookout for.
No sooner had we descended the stairs at the Greenway down onto Dace Road and we spotted the first of Delgado’s works in our hunt, instantly recognizing the miniature discovery as that of Delgado. With the first one located we knew we were on the trail and soon found a second and third further along Dace Road. The rest of our afternoon involved a lot of walking the streets of Fish Island in efforts to discover the 25 or so works. Our search was not helped by the falling Winter temperatures and there were multiple coffees breaks at Stour Space over the course of the day.
With the winter light fading and making picture taking difficulty, we finished our hunt for Delgado’s work and we were happy to have discovered 10 of the artists miniature street scenes. Most of what we found was still in pretty good condition, one of two you will see from the pictures below had not survived the British winter weather and the paper works had begun to break down.
Our hunt is not over yet as we know there are still more to be discovered and we plan to re-visit Hackney Wick soon in efforts to locate more if any of our readers have tips on the pieces we missed out on please let us know in the comments section.
A wider shot of the piece above to give you an idea of the scale of these Delgado pieces.
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Some pieces such as the one above have now survived the British Winter so well and parts of the paper works had already begun to disintegrate when we got around to photographing it.
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