A striking new mural is helping to brighten up a South Liverpool neighbourhood thanks to local artists, school students and organisations.
The vibrant artwork, designed by local artist ‘Betarok 75’ with help from the charity Sustrans, Liverpool City Council and Global Street Art, has been unveiled on Garston Way Bridge to improve the area and encourage pedestrians into the local shopping centre.
Pupils from Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) and local councillors also helped to develop the colourful piece, which has been funded using money raised by HealthFit through the Health Lottery.
Commenting on the input of the artist and the participating ESLA pupils, who made the final decision on the design and colour palette for the mural, Mark Jenks, Sustrans project co-ordinator, says: “When we started workshops in 2014 local people told us that the appearance of Garston Way Bridge was a real and psychological barrier to them using the shops on St Mary’s Road.
“They have helped to revive the bridge into an attractive feature to help rebuild links between these communities.”
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, adds: “This is a key gateway between the village and the residential and industrial areas in Garston under the bridge, and a main route for pedestrians.
“It is an eye-catching scheme which will brighten up the area and draw people in to the local shops. It captures the imagination and can’t be missed.”