Completed in 1961, artist Francis Carr’s Magic Garden mural was a great initial success. Children at the Holman Hunt Infant School (now the New Kings Road Primary School) in Fulham, west London, loved the vibrant mix of colours and imagery and the range of surface textures, and it was featured in the national press and on television. It was made not just of tile and mosaic, but marble, granite, crushed glass, printed matter bedded in polyester resin, mirrors, brass fittings, plaster casts, and natural materials including sea shells, pebbles, tree bark and cork were used too.
Sadly it fell from favour (although it was specifically designed to be touched there were health and safety concerns about children injuring themselves on sharp corners) and was boarded up. After many years out of sight and unloved, its creator, now in his late eighties, sought the support of the Twentieth Century Society and with their help and a grant from The Heritage of London Trust, (HOLT) it has been revealed once more. Restored by Francis himself, it will delight and inspire a new generation.
As well as photographs of the restored mural, 1960s images of the artist at work and children examining it are available. There are also lots of appreciative letters sent to the artist by children in the school in 1961.
Please contact Jon Wright, Caseworker, C20 Society, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0207 2503857, 07855 406718 for more information or photographs