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‘Not the right type of magnolia’: Graffiti clean-up at historic Isokon harder than it looks

Residents ask for 'heritage' paint after two attempts to remove tags

23 November, 2018

CLEAN-UP teams tried twice to whitewash graffiti tags on the famous Isokon building in Hampstead on Monday, before abandoning attempts to find the right colour for the walls.

Council contractor Veolia painted over tags with white paint and then magnolia, but residents said the colour was still not right.

“They would prefer heritage magnolia,” a spokesperson said. “We simply cannot match the exact shade of every building in the borough.”

The damage had been reported on the council’s Clean Camden App. The Notting Hill Genesis Group, which manages the modernist flats in Lawn Road, once home to Agatha Christie, has now been given the job of finding the right shade.

The white paint should be mixed with 1/8 pink to meet the original design, according to some fans of the building.


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