Street artists create a giant mural on the side of a Leeds office building

PUBLISHED: 00:00 28 August 2017

The mural uses the full length of Bruntwood�s Platform office building, formerly City House, as its canvas

The mural uses the full length of Bruntwood�s Platform office building, formerly City House, as its canvas

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Athena Rising adorns Bruntwood’s Platform office building

The striking 11 metre-wide design centres on an owl in flight, alongside the moon and a crownThe striking 11 metre-wide design centres on an owl in flight, alongside the moon and a crown

The finishing touches have been made to what is believed to be the UK’s tallest piece of street art. The giant painting entitled Athena Rising on the side of a Leeds office building soars 46.8 metres (153ft) from the ground, making it several metres taller than the statue of Christ which looms over Rio de Janeiro, and a similar size to the Statue of Liberty.

The work by international street art muralist pair Nomad Clan uses the full length of Bruntwood’s Platform office building in Leeds city centre as its canvas. The striking 11 metre-wide design centres on an owl (featured in Leeds coat of arms) in flight, alongside the moon and a crown. It took the duo known as Cbloxx and AYLO, aka Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner, about two weeks and hundreds of cans of spray paint to complete the mural, working in a cradle suspended down the side of the building.

The work is part of the citywide street art project ‘A City Less Grey’, initiated by East Street Arts and funded by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District). Local and national artists are working together creating art installations and events at five sites across Leeds city centre with the aim of enhancing the look and feel of areas for residents, commuters and visitors alike.

‘It has been a challenge but we have taken it in our stride and finished sooner than we had expected. We have had great feedback and are receiving endless heart-warming emails from the public in Leeds. We hope we have done you proud!’ said artist Cbloxx of Nomad Clan.

The mural is the result of collaboration between the artists, East Street Arts, LeedsBID, building owners Bruntwood and Network Rail. Nicola Greenan, external relations director at East Street Arts, said it was an astonishing achievement and Andrew Cooper, chief executive of LeedsBID added: ‘This striking piece of art is testament to how artists and businesses can work together to produce something spectacular, which celebrates and strengthens Leeds’ cultural offering while showcasing the city nationally and internationally.

‘A key ambition of the Business Improvement District is to work collaboratively to enhance the look and feel of the city centre for those who live, work and visit here. A City Less Grey is a fantastic example of what can be achieved.’

Craig Burrow, Bruntwood’s Leeds director, said they were happy to support the project. ‘We’re delighted that Platform has been able to act as the canvas for this great piece of artwork, with Athena Rising providing an excellent welcome to the city at Leeds station.’

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