A five metre high strutting Judge Dredd pointing his ‘Lawgiver’ (gun) towards the sky, has been greeting world travellers as they approach London Heathrow Airport for the past week.
The massive 60 square metre graffiti art mural has been created as a tribute piece to the iconic British comic character to tie in with the DREDD 3D re-imagining of the comic book great on an old warehouse unit in Windsor by urban art agency, Soulful Creative, who specialise in creating large-scale artworks.
Soulful Creative founder Koze says, “We grew up with Judge Dredd and 2000AD and we wanted to pay homage to one of Britain’s greatest science fiction comic characters, the wonderful stories and artwork that inspired so many over the years.”
The huge mural took two artists only one day to complete, using a mix of emulsion and spray paint to cover the whole side of the warehouse unit directly under the flight path. The dynamic piece has been designed to look like a spread from a comic book and depicts Judge Dredd aiming he’s lawgiver into the air with his famous catch phrase ‘I AM THE LAW’ painted in bright orange and red colours in perspective next to him.
Soulful Creative is an urban art creative agency who specialise in creating unique and inspirational visual communications, through live art, murals, public art, events and installations. They pride themselves on delivering innovative and inspirational work by assembling the best creative team for each project they work on, comprised of the UK’s leading graffiti artists, street artists, illustrators and contemporary artists.
Soulful Creative have also made a dynamic film of the creation of the mural.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.