The Barbican MuraI. This is Robert's most well-known mural, but sadly, is now considerably faded and possibly beyond repair.
This early photograph shows the huge scale of the mural - at least twice life-size!
The Barbican Mural in 2010 - fading with its paint peeling off and covered with wooden batons.
The Barbican Mural after Robert painted over it with white paint one night in the mid-1970's - done in response to some local objections to the mural. And, with typical Robert humour, he added some flying ducks, alluding to the complainants' sense of taste!
The mural entitled 'The Ascention Into Heaven' was painted on the gable end of a house at the junction of Cornwall Street and Cannon Street. Unveiled in August 1988 by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Gordon Draper. It featured 100 local residents, headed by their MP, David Owen, ascending into heaven. The mural was created primarily as a colourful decorative feature that would help to raise the spirits of a local community with significant social problems. Lenkiewicz agreed to paint the mural for free after being approached by the local Tenant's Association. The mural together with surrounding buildings has now been destroyed to make way for substantial redevelopment of the area.
A rare photograph of the now lost Devonport mural.
Mural in the former Age Concern building, Barbican, Plymouth.
Titled 'A Dance to the Music of Time', this mural is quite unlike the style of Robert's other murals. It measures approximately 10 metres long, and around 2.5 metres high. Housed in Elspeth Sitters House, Hoegate Street, formerly the Age Concern building, the building now stands empty since the charity consolidated its services to centres at Mount Gould and Plymstock. The mural had been covered up for more than 35 years. It was painted in 1982 as part of the Old Age project with the artist regularly visiting the centre to meet with older people.
A view of part of the Age Concern mural
A face-on view of the whole mural
Prete's Café mural
No longer in the cafe, this mural, created in the 1970's, was loosely based on The Last Supper theme. It features a self-portrait of Robert sat in the café eating a Mars bar - one of his favourite confectionaries! (note the Jewish Menorah candlestick in the foreground). When the owner of the cafe retired, he had the mural removed before selling the cafe. It was removed professionally, and they were able to remove it from the wall fully in tact, mainly thanks to the manner in which it was originally created and installed several decades prior.
A close-up of the bottom right of the mural (the grainy photograph does not really do the mural justice!)
A close-up of the area that is obscured by the cafe table......you can just about make it out in the main photo!
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