The art of the matter

Sand, Sea and Spray graffiti event around Blackpool. Pictured is Kashink.
Sand, Sea and Spray graffiti event around Blackpool. Pictured is Kashink.
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MOVE over Banksy – international artists introduced spray to the sea as they painted their way across town.

From Twiggy smiling down from the wall of the North Pier’s Sun Lounge to a giant toaster emblazoned across Talbot Road Bus Station, 40 internationally-renowned graffiti artists have left their mark on Blackpool.

The group – who jetted in from everywhere from Chile and Spain to Devon – spent two days transforming four venues across the resort as part of the first ever “Sand, Sea and Spray” festival.

Organiser Robin Ross said: “The event has been four years in planning. It has been a long time coming and we’ve got artists from all over the world.

“There’s a lot of crazy people and I’m over the moon.

“We’ve had such a good response from the public – people have been going in the bus station and just saying ‘wow’.

“I wanted to prove that Blackpool could – it’s my attitude that if we don’t do it nobody else will.”

The festival is the largest gathering of graffiti artists in Europe this year, and Chilean Otto Schade was delighted to be part of it.

The 39-year-old was transforming a fibre-glass Mini on North Pier and said: “It’s good to all come together, the more the better and at the same time it’s giving Blackpool a bit of character.

“There’s lots of walls here to paint which have been waiting for us.”

Fine art student Sam Simpson, 38, who is studying at Blackpool and The Fylde College, was watching the graffiti artists in action at Talbot Road Bus Station.

He said: “I think it’s absolutely amazing.

“People who are into art love it and people who’ve just come across it in town have all been blown away.

“Stuff like this doesn’t happen in Blackpool so to me it’s very exciting.”

Manning the kids graffiti wall on North Pier was fellow fine art student, 23-year-old Kerry Singleton, who added: “Street art is seen in a better light now than it used to be, so it’s nice.

“It’s a great event to bring to Blackpool because the resort doesn’t really have much of an arts background.”

The urban artists also transformed walls at the Church Street and Cookson Street car park and behind Club Sanuk, on the Promenade.

And all the artists’ work will remain on display across the resort for the summer season.