A giant effort! Leeds street art project will be UK’s tallest

Street art muralist duo Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner - are working on their latest project 'Athena Rising' PIC: James Hardisty
Street art muralist duo Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner - are working on their latest project 'Athena Rising' PIC: James Hardisty
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Work on a giant 42 metre artwork which will be the UK’s tallest piece of street art has reached the halfway point.

The ‘Athena Rising’ mural is being painted onto the full length of the east elevation of the Platform building, formerly known as City House,

Work on 'Athena Rising' has reached the halfway point

Work on 'Athena Rising' has reached the halfway point

The striking design, which is 137ft x 36ft / 41.9m high and 11m wide, features an owl in flight as its centrepiece, alongside the moon and a crown – a nod to the artists involved.

The huge statement piece 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). It is expected to be finished by the first week of July.

The artists behind the work are Nomad Clan - Cbloxx and AYLO, aka Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner - an internationally-acclaimed street art muralist pair. The pair are experienced giant muralists and have painted some of the largest murals in the North of England - the biggest to date being a sevens torey building in Liverpool.

They have been spending their days suspended down the side of the building in a cradle on a harness to hand-paint the artwork, using emulsion and spray paint.

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Joy - aka Cbloxx - said: “It’s a great privilege to paint something of this scale in Leeds. It is our biggest challenge yet, but we feel ready to give it our all and create something stunning for the community.”

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