Malik of Small Heath’s homage to street art suffers further damage in Digbeth


After the initial damage last night to Foka Wolf’s street art tribute to Malik of Small Heath, the rest of the giant celebration poster has been torn down and destroyed by unknown vandals.

The much-loved collage of a living legend from Birmingham’s Small Heath area has been totally destroyed by unidentified vandals in Upper Trinity Street, Birmingham.

Earlier this month, the enigmatic Birmingham street artist Foka Wolf produced a giant poster in homage to a Birmingham icon recognizable by generations of Brummies.

The poster was a loving and festive tribute to a charismatic and beloved Small Heath character known as Malik.

The original tribute to Malik by Foka Wolf seen here before it was vandalized and destroyed

The striking artwork was pasted to Digbeth on December 1 and received a positive response from the public and photos of the poster were shared on social media platforms and with people across Birmingham including communities Small Heath and Bordesley Green, shared memories of Malik from the 1980s to the present day.

Sadly, the much-loved street art tribute suffered vandalism which was spotted last night (December 24) by a group of volunteers from the local community of Small Heath.

After I Am Birmingham reported the damage to the giant Malik tribute poster, street art suffered further damage overnight.

Tribute to Malik suffered further damage overnight

The damage was highlighted by Ali Akbar of The Waste Warriors community volunteer team on Christmas Eve as he collected food for vulnerable people.

Speaking exclusively to I Am Birmingham, Ali said: ‘It was really sad to see the Malik poster in a vandalized state yesterday as we went out to deliver food packages to the homeless on Christmas Eve. .

“At first I thought it was the rain that caused the damage, but when I looked closely I immediately realized that it was targeted vandalism.”

The damage caused to the tribute to Mailk is not linked to the weather conditions but to a targeted act of vandalism

Ali added: “As bad as the initial damage was, with Malik’s head torn from his shoulders, nothing prepared me for what I saw on Christmas Day when me and the team went out to deliver. food in the area.

“The damage done to Foka Wolf’s incredible tribute has been utter and utter destruction.

“There are only a few bands left from the poster.

Foka Wolf poster ripped off and left in clumps on the ground

Speaking about the cause of the damage, Ali said: “The poster was torn off by human hands and stuck on the sidewalk. You can feel the intense anger of the thugs who did this.

“Pure rage was applied.

“I hope that once the garage across the road from the Tribute to Malik opens after the holiday season, we will have access to CCTV footage of the vandals who carried out the destruction.

“I just don’t understand how this can happen over Christmas time.

“Humanity, kindness, acceptance and tolerance are replaced by hatred and division. “

Local people expressed sorrow over the destruction of the tribute to Malik

Expressing the feelings of some people who have written on social media to call for the reinstatement of the street arts tribute to Malik, Ali said: celebrating Brummie heroes from diverse backgrounds, will return and produce another tribute to Malik .

“Malik and Foka Wolf give us smiles and relief in dark times.

“I hope this time the tribute can be set up somewhere around the Small Heath and Bordesley Green section where Malik is often seen dancing and waving to people.”


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