Leeds graffiti artist who brought 'burst of colour' to area has to remove it

Chris Miller with his mural.
Chris Miller with his mural.

A graffiti artist has brightened up a Leeds street with a mural to inspire youngsters – but now has to remove it.

Chris Miller transformed the side of 1 Garton Terrace in East End Park.

"Reach for the stars".

"Reach for the stars".

He was commissioned by the home's owner after he had seen the artist’s work elsewhere.

But following a complaint Leeds City Council has apparently ordered the home owner to remove the art or potentially face a fine.

Artist Mr Miller, of Rothwell, said he wanted to brighten up an area which is a bit of an “urban jungle”.

He said: “It was for the kids really. We asked the children if they want some colour and brightness in the area and they were up for it.

“When we were painting it, all the kids were around the area getting involved.”

He added: “There’s a lot of crime in the area and we wanted to bring a burst of colour.”

The mural includes positive messages such as “reach for the sky” and “living is giving”.

A petition has now been set up by resident Olivia Wozniak, who thinks the work is “helps to bring a positive light and lots off colour to a very drab and crime ridden area that suffers a lot of anti social behaviour”.

It has gained more than 130 signatures.

She wrote: “Most residents and all nearly all of the children in the area really love the painting, and I for one will be gutted to see it go.”

Mr Miller, who has done other graffiti work such as a Leeds United piece at Hungry Harry’s restaurant on York Road, was paid my the homeowner to put up the art and says he even had the blessing of some local police officers.

He said: “I understood that you could do what you wanted with your own home.”

Leeds City Council has been approached for comment.


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