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Hitchcock mosaics 01 - The Birds, 1963 Hitchcock mosaics

Mural: Hitchcock mosaics 01 - The Birds, 1963

Erection date: 3/5/2001

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The Birds, 1963
Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels, one of the Bodega Bay residents inexplicably attacked by ever increasing flocks of birds, in Hitchcock’s apocalyptic allegory.

“Hitchcock captures the subtleties of females warring with each other; all those nuances of knives and guns conducted in looks and body language. He sculpts the human body in space.” – Camilla Paglia.

Rather than repeat information on all 17 pages we have put everything about the creators of these murals on the first mural only, The Birds.

Site: Hitchcock mosaics (17 memorials)

E11, Church Lane, Leytonstone tube station

These 17 mosaic murals deck the entrance and tunnel to Leytonstone tube station, between the bus station and Church Lane, all being street side of the ticket barrier.  They were installed to commemorate the centenary of Alfred Hitchcock’s birth.  We like some more than others, as one would expect, but they are exemplars of what good mosaic murals can be.   They are not just copies of well-known stills or scenes from the movies, but are new designs which capture the star or the feel of the film very well.  We particularly like Psycho and To Catch a Thief.  Worth a visit.

5 artists are named and it seems unlikely that they all worked on all the murals but we can find no further information.

Instead of a photo of the outside of the station we’ve decided to include this photo of two salvaged vintage advertisements, also on the tunnel wall.

Strange coincidence - 17 mosaics, one of them for a film titled Number 17. There are two information boards, slightly different - due to the 'left/right' specification - and on one of them Number 17 has been omitted. 

Information board:
The Hitchcock Gallery, opened May 3rd 2001.
This gallery celebrates the life and work of the great film-maker Alfred Hitchcock, born in Leytonstone on 13th August 1899.
Right side: Young Alfred by his father's shop, Number 17, Hitchcock the director, Suspicion, Psycho, The Skin Game, North by Northwest.
Left side: Pleasure Garden, Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, Saboteur - with the Elms, The Birds, To Catch a Thief.
At the entrance: Rebecca - with St John’s Church, The Wrong Man, Rear Window – with the Green Man, Hitchcock with Dietrich.
These pictures were chosen by local people.  The project was organised by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and supported by generous donations from Capital Challenge Funds, London Underground and Tesco.  Captions by John Barry.
The Mosaics were designed and made by artists Steve and Nathan Lobb, Carol Kenna, Claire Notley and Julie Norburn at Greenwich Mural Workshop, Macbean Centre in Woolwich, SE18.

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Hitchcock mosaics 01 - The Birds, 1963

Information Subjects commemorated

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Alfred Hitchcock

Film director. Born at 517 Leytonstone High Road above his father William’s g...

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Information Created by

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Greenwich Mural Workshop

The Hitchcock murals were designed and made by artists: Steve and Nathan Lobb...

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Waltham Forest Council

Formed in 1965 from the joining of Chingford, Leyton and Walthamstow.

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John Barry

Created the captions on the Hitchcock murals.  We think this means that he wr...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Information Also at this site

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Hitchcock mosaics 02 - Hitchcock and Dietrich

6 artists/craftspeople and 5 organisations are named as creating this Gallery...

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Hitchcock mosaics 03 - Hitchcock at Work

6 artists/craftspeople and 5 organisations are named as creating this Gallery...

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Hitchcock mosaics 04 - North by Northwest, 1959

6 artists/craftspeople and 5 organisations are named as creating this Gallery...

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Hitchcock mosaics 05 - Number 17, 1932

6 artists/craftspeople and 5 organisations are named as creating this Gallery...

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Hitchcock mosaics 06 - The Pleasure Garden, 1926

6 artists/craftspeople and 5 organisations are named as creating this Gallery...

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