Roa is a Belgian street artist renowned for his giant black and white animals which can be found on walls and shutters in varying states of decay. Seen here is his famous hare character on Hackney Road. The council wanted to remove this piece but it has stayed due to public opinion. There are also a few Rats and Birds which reside on shop shutters along Brick Lane.
Street art in the East End of London is an ever changing visual enigma, as the artworks constantly change, as councils clean some walls or new works go up in place of others. While some consider this vandalism or graffiti, these artworks are very popular among local people and visitors alike, as a sense of poignancy remains in the work, many of which have subtle messages.