A decorator has turned his house into a beehive to highlight the plight of honey bees.
Mike Rogers, director of Portland Decorating in North End Road, linked up with celebrated street artist Paul ‘Don’ Smith who agreed to paint a beehive with a huge honey bee on the side of Mr Rogers’s house in Sandilands Road, just off Wandsworth Bridge Road in Fulham.
Along with the 31-year-old’s business partner, William Scott-Dagleish, 30, the decorator decided he wanted to paint the side of his yellow house to help promote their company but also to support a charity.
Artist Mr Smith - who’s work is familiar all around London and has been praised by Banksy - got straight on board and said he felt something summery would be appropriate due to the yellow house.
Together they came up with the idea of supporting the British Beekeepers Association which has helped protect the quickly decreasing honey bee population since 1874.
Mr Rogers said: “Will and I have known each other since we were seven and both come from a building background but we wanted to set up a unique company so we do things a bit differently - we do special effects wallpaper and paint and work with Farrow and Ball to do free colour consultations.
“We wanted to do a mural in London to showcase our work but team up with a charity as well so this was a great plan. Paul loved the idea and so did the British Beekeeper’s Association and I knew a bit about honey bees because Will’s sister is fascinated by them.
“The response the mural is getting from the public is incredible, people are taking loads of photos every day.”
Visit the British Beekeepers Association website at bbka.org.uk