Time-lapse footage shows stunning new Preston mural coming together

This is how Preston's newest public artwork was made.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 6:00 am

Slingers Ironmongers commissioned graffiti artist Shawn Sharpe of Good Good Graffiti Art to create an 8m by 2.5m mural outside their offices at the Ribble Saw Mill in Paley Road.

Over a two-week period - delayed by bad weather - Shawn hand painted scenes depicting life in the city, as well as historic images from the company's past.

Managing director Peter Slinger said: "Slingers was recently 160 years old and we started talking about what we could do to mark the anniversary and make an impact.

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Artist Shawn pictured during the mural's creation

"We were looking at old photographs and thought it would be nice to have a mural depicting some of them, along with iconic images of the city, such as Tom Finney’s famous splash photo, the Harris Library, the Preston lamb and even the bollard that keeps being knocked down in Fishergate, to add a bit of fun."

Staff at the business came across Shawn after noticing his other work around the city, including a bubble-blowing mural in Adelphi Street and another at Miller’s taxi rank.

The 29-year-old from Ribbleton said: "Every customer who’s come past has spoken to me about it, they connect with different parts of it, which is great to see.

"For me, the chance to do something big, about Preston and in my home city, is great. It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do but it’s been a battle to get permission."

The mural has been hand-painted in a graffiti style