Coventry young people create memorable Olympic street art
Thursday 26 July 2012
A large piece of street art unveiled this week in Spon Street showcases the artistic talent of young people from Coventry.
Nine young people aged 14 plus from Coventry's Youth Service have been guided by well known graffiti artist David Brown and his team of artists to create a large piece of artwork which portrays a range of Olympic events.
The artwork which has been painted on to the side wall of idp Architects in Spon Street took almost five days to complete.
Councillor Jim O'Boyle, Cabinet Member (Children and Young People), said: "It's good to see local businesses encouraging and providing the space for young people to be creative. I know some people have a negative view of graffiti, but this particular project is very artistic and is a useful way for young people to get involved in the Olympic spirit and learn a new skill."
John Haynes, Senior Partner at idpmidlands Architects, said: "idpmidlands Architects are delighted to be able to offer this wall space to young people in the city to create this Olympic artwork, which complements our collaboration with Coventry University whose art is displayed in our entrance gallery space; creating another opportunity to showcase the up and coming talent within Coventry's creative scene.
"The Olympics coming to the UK is fantastic and this artwork will allow the young people of Coventry to feel a sense of participation in the spectacle and will serve as a lasting reminder for years to come."
Graffiti artist David Brown and his team have almost 20 years experience creating artwork for a range of well known corporations, television companies and charities.