Work begins today in Leeds on UK’s tallest street art project

Mural to be painted on the wall of the building at Leeds station. Pictured from the left are Craig Burrow, Hayley Garner, Prew Lumley, Jon Wakeman and Joy Gilleard. Picture by Simon Hulme
Mural to be painted on the wall of the building at Leeds station. Pictured from the left are Craig Burrow, Hayley Garner, Prew Lumley, Jon Wakeman and Joy Gilleard. Picture by Simon Hulme
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A pair of daredevil artists will today be scaling a skyscraper at Leeds train station to begin work on what will be the UK’s tallest piece of street art.

Internationally-acclaimed female artistic duo ‘Nomad Clan’ has been given the challenge of painting a giant mural - the height of ten double decker buses - on the Platform building, formerly known as City House.

The Platform building, formerly known as City House.

The Platform building, formerly known as City House.

Called Athena Rising, the mural will feature an owl as its centrepiece and will be visible from station platforms and beyond.

It adds the finishing touch to a major refurbishment of the landmark building and is the result of a collaboration between the artists, East Street Arts, building owners Bruntwood, Network Rail and Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) as part of a citywide street art project called A City Less Grey to help inject colour into Leeds.

Nomad Clan is made up for Cbloxx and AYLO, aka Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner, who have painted some of the largest murals in the north of England - the biggest to date being a seven-storey building in Liverpool.

Cbloxx, who is based in Manchester but used to live in Leeds, said: “It’s a great privilege to paint something of this scale in Leeds.”

How the mural will look.

How the mural will look.

She added: “It is our biggest challenge yet, but we feel ready to give it our all and create something stunning for the community.”

Craig Burrow, Bruntwood’s Leeds director, said: “We’re very excited to be part of this project and pleased that Platform can provide the canvas for this mural.”

He added: “It’s great to see citywide projects like ‘A City Less Grey’ bringing organisations from across the region together to create powerful art.”

The Nomad Clan will be working eight hours a day on the mural and expect it to be finished within four weeks.

The artists were recently named one of the top five female street artists in the world by The Guardian.

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