Andaz Liverpool Street, East London’s five star luxury boutique hotel with firm roots connected to its local neighbourhood, has unveiled One Day Walk by Patrick Vale and Paul Davis – the second in the hotel’s year-long East London street art series, Room With A View.
Following the July 2014 launch of the Pearly Room by Chris Price and his wife and collaborator Delisia Howard, Patrick Vale and Paul Davis’s One Day Walk provides a unique and off the wall perspective of East London.
‘One Day Walk’ Room
One Day Walk was inspired by the notion of being a flâneur in the East London remit, someone who walks with a purpose only to be in tune with their immediate surroundings, considering the history and the stories that these surroundings now capture. Patrick Vale and Paul Davis’ own flâneur experience over the course of a day in London’s east side have been exclusively hand painted and illustrated in one of Andaz Liverpool Street’s guest rooms, allowing guests who stay in the hotel’s second Street Art Room, a personal insight into the artists’ musings of the area that they fondly call home.
One Day Walk documents Patrick and Paul’s nine-hour journey that starts simply with a bacon sandwich at their favourite breakfast spot, St John Bread and Wine (aptly represented by a flying pig), and then leads them to the areas most iconic monuments including Hawksmoor Church, St Paul’s Cathedral, Brick Lane, The Thames River and Columbia Road. Patrick juxtaposes through his illustrations London’s historical architecture with Paul’s observational drawings and overheard comments of what modern life is like in London’s East, exuding its creative vibe through its places and people. Through One Day Walk the artists aim to inspire its viewers to follow the path of a flâneur, if only for a day, to truly understand the soul and livelihood of the city.
Patrick Vale is best known for his work based on depicting cities and their bold architecture and most recently for his time-lapsed film, Empire State of Pen – a freehand drawing of the view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building which instantly became an internet sensation. Critics have described Patrick’s work as “jaw-dropping” and “sensational.” Paul Davis is highly regarded as a worldwide artist, illustrator, author and cartoonist, whose clients include The New Yorker, Vogue and The New York Times. He has won numerous awards and exhibits his work internationally.
Patrick Vale said: “We are excited to be collaborating with Andaz Liverpool Street on the Room With A View project. East London is our home, a home which constantly fascinates and inspires us. It was fantastic to work with Paul on this and finding a way to make our styles work together. It is as if his people need my buildings and my buildings need his people! I have been a huge fan of Paul’s for years and his brilliant drawings and ‘overheards’ really add some energy and ‘real’ life to my cityscapes. If we can encourage guests to go and walk and look themselves then we are happy!”
Tim Flodin, the hotel’s general manager commented: “It has been a pleasure working with Patrick and Paul on this project as they are as passionate about the life and people of East London as we are at Andaz Liverpool Street. Each artist involved in the Room With A View project offers a fresh take on life in East London and we can’t wait to inspire our guests to take their own ‘one day walk’ in this fabulous neighbourhood we at Andaz call home.”
Guests can experience One Day Walk from now until July 2015. Throughout the next nine months, Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel will play host to two additional distinctly diverse British artists, ILoveDust and Patrick Morgan, who have also been invited to hand paint one of the hotel’s luxurious large king guest rooms in their own style and through their own interpretation of East London’s past, present or future.