THE OFFER of helping to paint the world’s longest carrot was today being dangled to tempt budding Leeds street artists to get involved with an innovative project.
More than 40 street artists and illustrators have spent around two months covering the walls of a 14,000 sq ft former cloth weaving mill in Farsley with their colourful creations.
Artist Carrotboy has connected the artworks in the old weaving shed at Sunnybank Mills with a 300ft long carrot.
Carrotboy was due to finish work on his creation today and visitors were being invited to add to the mural as he bids to create an unofficial world record for the world’s longest painted carrot. The Arts Council funded street art project at Sunnybank Mills Art Gallery is designed to encourage artists to use their talents to create a major artwork which encourages community involvement.
Jane Kay, gallery manager, said the street artists have been ‘throwing up’ their artworks to transform the old mill.
She added: “‘Throwing up’ is a street art term for painting a large section of a wall very quickly. They have to paint the wall very quickly because street art is an illegal activity, but we have allowed the artists to do it legally.
“The old weaving shed is nearly the size of a football field and nearly every piece of wall has now been covered in street art.
“It is very bright and colourful and is an impressive space. The street artists have done an amazing job of transforming a virtually derelict building into an urban environment.”
Carrotboy, 23, who describes himself as a repetition artist, said he has painted around 50 carrots in the past year.
He added: “I’m happiest when I’m painting carrots.”
And painter and printmaker Laney Birkhead was today encouraging visitors to create a ‘swarm’ of honeybees hand printed individually on to fabric at Sunnybank Mills.
The results of the day will be added to other pieces created at earlier workshops to ultimately produce a large, record breaking original print depicting how many bees can be found in a single beehive.