Big art project in need of a lift

Robin Ross-looking for two cherry pickers so his artists can brighten up the walls of Blackpool.
Robin Ross-looking for two cherry pickers so his artists can brighten up the walls of Blackpool.
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A HUGE art project is under threat because organisers are still without vital equipment.

Two cherry pickers are required to transform an empty space behind the Winter Gardens into an internationally recognised piece of artwork.

However, after a deal fell through with a company who promised to provide them, organiser Robin Ross is now pleading for someone to step in and help get the artists off the ground.

Mr Ross said: “A company promised me them months ago.

“I put all the publicity and flyers together and he called me last week to say he couldn’t do it.

“When you look around Blackpool you see paintings on various buildings and this is the second year of that project.”

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North Pier, Deansgate and Adelaide Street are all set to be given a lick of paint in the Sand, Sea and Spray urban art project.

The works will be designed and painted by artists from all over the world, including Inky, who has worked with Banksy and the London Police from Amsterdam.

Mr Ross added: “There will be 43 artists coming from Amsterdam, Croatia, Austria, France and Chile.

“We have some huge names and don’t want to let them down. They are coming to Blackpool because they are really excited about painting live in the town.”

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, added: “The festival is one of the many events in Blackpool that show how we are becoming a much more cultural destination.”

Sand Sea and Spray takes place throughout Blackpool on June 15,16 and 17.

Anyone who can provide the machines should contact Mr Ross on 07715 047777.