Art comes in a can

Martha Worthington, teacher Charlotte Norris, Laura Morris and Aimee Desmond at work off Palatine Road.
Martha Worthington, teacher Charlotte Norris, Laura Morris and Aimee Desmond at work off Palatine Road.
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BLACKPOOL became one giant canvas as urban artists got to work with their spray cans.

The sides of town centre buildings were transformed with super-sized images and portraits as part of the three-day Sand, Sea and Spray event organised by Fylde-based promoter Robin Ross.

Local students at work on the Sand Sea and Spray urban art event, in an alleyway adjoinign the  car park on Palatine Road, Blackpool. Blackpool Sixth Form College.

Local students at work on the Sand Sea and Spray urban art event, in an alleyway adjoinign the car park on Palatine Road, Blackpool. Blackpool Sixth Form College.

Artist Inkie had flown in from projects in Los Angeles and New York to bring a splash of colour to the resort inspired by Victorian posters.

He said: “It is taken from the golden age of rail, but given a modern, graffiti feel.

“My favourite reaction to the work is from children, when they see the scale of the work, they love it.”

Other artists were from as far afield as Norway, Chile and Croatia.

Croatia’s Lonac Lonac said: “When I started doing this kind of work, people see you with a spray can and think it is some kind of vandalism.

“But now they are getting more used to seeing it.

“We have the luxury of time here in Blackpool so I can do big stuff without worrying about people coming to complain.”

Otto Schade, from Chile, took part in last year’s inaugural Sand, Sea and Spray project when he created the John Lennon portrait in Talbot Road bus station.

He said: “It is great to have the buildings which are like big empty canvases. The reaction from people here is very positive.

“People like to interact with the artists and we can showcase our art. Lots of people photograph it.”

Zina Aslaksen, from Norway, said: “I specialise in portraits and it can take four to 12 hours to complete one, depending on the size.

“It is great to be with other artists as well at an event like this to see what kind of things they are doing.”

Some of the artists have also created four tableaux which will be part of this year’s Illuminations display.

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