The artist behind a huge new mural which has appeared in Preston’s student village hopes it can inspire the city.
The grafitti artist, known only as Moot, is behind the work on the side wall of a terrace of shops on Adelphi Street, close to the University of Central Lancashire library, showing a character of a man blowing parachutes across an image of the city’s skyline.
He is a member of the group, Parle, which includes fellow artists Tea and Reasm.
Moot said: “I look at them as opportunities, dreams being blown out across Preston, almost a message for it to go out there and seize them.
“During Guild week, it is a chance to look at where we want Preston to be in the next 20 years and this is our way of trying to provide a bit of inspiration, I guess.”
The group was also behind a mural inspired by the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa sculpture in the Cornaro Chapel in Rome, on side of the building on the Vernon Carus sports field in Penwortham last September.
That work sprung up overnight, although its latest creation was a lot more public.
Moot added: “It took us about 15 hours to complete with a huge scaffolding at the side of the building.
“We did 12 hours in one day and then managed a couple of a the day before and after, but the weather was terrible, so we couldn’t really do much then.”
The artist said he had hoped to do a number of projects for the Guild and had only managed to get the one on the side of the police house on Adelphi Street.
But, he hopes the work will inspire further work in the coming months.
Moot said: “We would like to do more work, but we have done this completely off our own backs, the only support was from the police and the university which gave us the permission to do it.
“If there are people out there who want us to do similar work for them - we would love to hear from them.”
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