Kings Cross through the eyes of a contemporary artist – Gwendi Klisa

The professional illustrator Gwendi Klisa  has been a Kings Cross resident for several years now.  I recently came across her art-work via her web-site and discovered some beautiful and recent illustrations of Kings Cross.  Feeling passionate about Kings Cross she kindly agreed that I may publish two of the drawings here. Gwendi explains:

“King’s Cross / St. Pancras is densely populated. But its communal aspects and distinct identities are often overlooked by the passing crowds.”

She felt that Kings Cross would actually be a very alive part of London, and that she experiences it changing rapidly. This is why she decided to document Kings Cross’s diverse neighbourhoods starting with Caledonian Road.  She continued:

“The whole area is fascinating. It has a transient quality to it, is choking in traffic and always littered with the leftovers of nighttime revelers. However, once you get to know the place it has a very appealing and friendly vibe to it. It is full of energy and the people who live here seem to have a great sense of belonging, no matter where they came from.”


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About Daniel Zylbersztajn

Daniel Zylbersztajn, is since 2012 correspondent to the German independent left of centre daily newspaper taz, die Tageszeitung and Jüdische Allgemeine, and a Pilates Teacher. Born in Germany but also raised in Holland and Israel, he is a long term resident of London Kings Cross (first in 1991), involved parent, local and social activist, and positive lifestyle advocate. He also held posts in research, and conflict work, a.o. for the Palestinian - Israeli peace village Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom. He holds a BA in history and politics from SOAS and two Master degrees, in Urban Sociology (Goldsmiths) and Sports Coaching (Brunel). He is founding and committee member of Coram's Fields User Group, the parent and community voice of Central London's biggest and oldest children playground and was its first spokesperson and chair. Daniel tweets under @zylbersztajn
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