A LOCAL businessman has praised a striking piece of graffiti which he hopes will inspire Blackpool’s young artists.
Howard Plant, who owns a number of Blackpool car parks, said he was delighted with the mural which was created on Church Street as part of the Sand, Sea and Spray Urban Art Exhibition.
The event, held at the weekend, was organised by local artist Robin Ross and saw 40 urban painters descend on the resort to create murals at North Pier, Talbot Road car park and behind Club Sanuk.
Mr Plant now hopes the image in his car park will encourage more young people to try art and encourage visitors into the town.
He said: “I’m really into artistic graffiti, seeing this will give young people motivation to work hard and better their graffiti rather than just tagging things.
“Artistic development is great as it will help make Blackpool a more attractive place to visitors, especially if they know they will see beautiful street art. A big thank you must go to Robin Ross for his vision, it took over a year to set the project up. Without his efforts it wouldn’t have happened”.
The image on the Church Street car park was created by Sheffield based artist Sarah Yates.
Les Ball, Blackpool’s Town Centre BID deputy manager, also praised the work.
He said: “I wouldn’t encourage young people to graffiti but hope these paintings will inspire them in the right way.
“They are extremely high quality and brighten up all areas of the town centre. I hope it will lead to similar events in the future.”
For information go to www.faunagraphic.com