The Martin Jones Archives - Part 8
The 40’ foot long Goldie mural sprayed live for BBC Children in Need, November 1988 - image - Martin Jones
This was an attempt to establish a new category of record, specifically for spraycan mural painting. The occasion we chose was the annual BBC Children in Need telethon, based at BBC TV studios at Pebble Mill in Birmingham in November 1988.
The challenge was to execute a 40’ x 8’ mural, live and non-stop over 12 hours. The BBC themselves made and primed the mural panels and erected them on an outside wall of the Pebble Mill building. We received donations of paint from the UK distributor of Buntlack,paints and from Nicholls paints in Walsall who used to mix Goldie’s special colours. Viewers were invited to ring in and pledge money for the successful completion of the epic undertaking.
Goldie began the mural live at 12 noon, on the BBC Pebble Mill talk show, interviewed by Playschool’s former presenter Floella Benjamin. Over the next 12 hours, virtually non-stop, he sprayed this magical forest landscape, which was inspired by the Cheech Wizard cartoons of New York artist Vaughn Bode.
Cheech Wizard is seen reading a book of stories in the far left of the piece, and his apprentice, the Lizard called Razzberry, is seen sitting at a desk on the far right.
The mural was completed in the final part of the telethon, at 12 midnight. The Radio 2 deejay Simon Bates was the host for the completion, walking the entire length of the mural and congratulating Goldie for his supreme effort. Goldie was then invited on stage, waving goodbye alongside other celebs who had raised money that night.