The Master of Paddington

[Graffito] Around 1975 a graffito appeared on the brick wall to the south of the railway line approaching Paddington Station in London. It said: "Far away is close at hand in images of elsewhere." This was a somewhat unusual graffito, and it was facetiously ascribed to a mythical Master of Paddington graffiti artist in the papers. As the picture shows, the famous saying disappeared when the wall was demolished in 1980.

A copy of this graffito then appeared on a wall near Subway Junction just out of Paddington, where it was visible in late 1999, but new construction in 2000 has removed the last trace.

Apparently this was the work of Dave and Geoff Hall of Oxford, who drew it on Christmas Eve 1974 when there was no rail traffic. See Article if I have typed the URL properly.

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Composed by J. B. Calvert
Last revised 10 September 2009