An impressive 1,700sq foot mural dedicated to Only Fools and Horses was painted over without the artist’s knowledge only two days after it was unveiled.
The striking piece in Burgess Park showed Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert beaming under the slogan ‘Welcome to Peckham’, and was unveiled by its artist Gustavo Nénão on Friday (July 12).
“One of the largest murals in the Peckham and one of the most EPIC projects I did in Central London,” he said.
“Located in Burgess Park, in Peckham, Zone 1, this 1700 square foot of wall definitely required many energy and time.”
But only two days later, three men were seen painting over the mural, despite it attracting many admirers online.
“I don’t really know what’s happened,” Mr Nénão told one fan of the artwork in an exchange posted online, adding that it was “very sad.”
The decision to swiftly cover up the piece sparked a backlash online, which some wrongly attributed to Southwark Council.
However, a council spokesperson said: “The mural was created on private property with the owner’s permission and we can confirm that the people shown painting over it are not council staff.”
The images prompted speculation on social media about who had ordered the display to be covered up.
“Why would someone destroy such a lovely symbol of welcome?” said one Facebook user.
Another said: “It’s criminal it’s been painted over. While another added simply: “What 24-carat plonkers!” Mr Nénão has been contacted for further comment.