Substation mural in Station Square

The votes have been counted and the winning design is The River. Local artist Mr Dane has now painted the artwork onto the substation shutter front and it is looking magnificent.

The design was based on local stories and iconic references arising from consultation and conversations with Herne Hill locals:

In the consultation process a number of animals were mentioned. One of these was the magnificent heron frequenting Brockwell Park ponds and the surrounding area. I had also requested locals to put forward their Herne Hill icons for inclusion. An unusual street icon mentioned were the ornate green Victorian “stink pipes”. These can be found along Dulwich Road and all across London. In Victorian times these pipes channelled odorous gasses from the sewers and rivers underground allowing the wiff to waft.

The often forgotten river Effra runs underground directly under the Herne Hill station and down towards Brixton Water Lane.

This image portrays the heron, the stink pipe and the river Effra bringing the three together.