28 images stitched together to capture 1000 sq ft mural

On a very busy part of the Old Kent Road in south-east London is the former Peckham Civic Centre. At pavement level is a wrap-around mural created in 1965 by Adam Kossowski. Created from 2000 coloured ceramic pieces and covering 1000 square feet, it depicts the history of the Old Kent Road from Roman times through to Pearly Queens and Sixties high rises. It's full of expressive faces, rich colour, and is a really arresting sight (more than once I've been beeped at for lingering too long at the lights while I looked at it on the way to B&Q...).


The mural was awarded Grade II listing earlier this year after a campaign by the Twentieth Century Society. The former civic centre - now used as a church - is due to be redeveloped, but the mural will have to be preserved and relocated. 

I photographed the mural and hand-stitched 28 separate images to create a composite image of the whole mural. The final image is over 35,000 pixels wide, and 165 megapixels in size.  

You can pan and zoom around the entire mural - click on the image below and it will jump to a fullscreen image:

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And here's a few of my favourite details...

Here's hoping it finds a fitting new home.