A very personal piece of art close to the heart of a James Bond star has been unveiled in North Kensington.
The mural was designed by Fiona Hawthorne, wife of Colin Salmon, who appeared in three 007 films alongside Pierce Brosnan.
It is placed in Wornington Green, and is just around the corner from where the couple first met, when the actor was busking on the streets of Notting Hill with his trumpet. It is also a short walk from their first home together.
The work was commissioned by Catalyst Housing Group, which is currently involved in a regeneration programme in the area.
In preparation of the art work, Fiona met with people from the area through special workshops and Facebook chats, and spoke to kids at a school.
She said: “It has been such a pleasure to meet local residents, to hear views on life now and stories of the past, and to mix photos old and new of an area I know and love.
“I wanted colour and texture to enhance life force, objects to help us consider the beauty of the rich tapestry that makes this community, and to spark a narrative."
She added: “Children and their families have used this ramp for many years and I have made the art with children in mind – I wanted to create something that could help inspire stories, the imagination and possibilities.
“Art helps us look again at what we see every day and I am very pleased to have had the chance to have so much fun adapting a landscape and sharing my work in a public space.”
Wornington Green area manager Sue Hannah said: “Wornington Green is going through exciting changes and bringing more people into the neighbourhood.
“Fiona has done a great job at capturing the history and community feel of North Kensington and it’s a fantastic transformation of an area which residents told us was in need of a makeover.”