Even Obama has heard of him. Ben Eine's street art is internationally recognised. Buildings are his canvas and his giant distinctive letter forms, found throughout Shoreditch and East London, his trademark. We were delighted when The Tom Easton Flavasum Trust commissioned Mark One Group to make a short documentary piece following Ben creating a new work 'Worth More', to replace his previous mural, 'Change'; as lovers of typography, this was a dream project for us.
Both 'Change' and 'Worth More' were made in commemoration of Tom Easton, a young sound engineer who tragically lost his life in 2006 when he was murdered in his studio only a few steps away from the location of the mural.
'Change' will have sections of the wall art auctioned off to raise money at a charity gala. We turned up six times to film the wall art being created, driven off twice by rain, but persevered. Both Mark One Group and the Tom Easton Flavasum Trust hope the new work will inspire people. The short documentary will be online shortly, check back soon.
The Flavasum Trust believes that the arts have an important role to play in this process. We think that disaffected young people respect creativity as much as the rest of society, and become just as engaged when ideas and issues relating to their lives are discussed with them.
Ben Flynn, a.k.a. EINE, shot to international fame when David Cameron presented one of his works to President Obama as a gift on his first official state visit, but is arguably more famous for 'Alphabet Street' – the shutters and murals he painted in his trademark colours and typography in Middlesex Street, London– described by The Times as "a street now internationally recognised as a living piece of art with direct links to The White House."