Leeds City Starts Work on New Art Installation

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Work has begun on an art installation set to give Leeds international acclaim.

The giant artwork, standing 137 feet tall will be the UK’s tallest piece of street art, as well as the finishing touch to a major refurbishment of the landmark building that is to be its canvas.

This ambitious and bold mural, entitled ‘Athena Rising’, is to be painted the full length of the east elevation of the Platform Building, formerly known as City House, and will be visible from station platforms and beyond. Work began on Tuesday 6th June and it will take up to four weeks to complete.

The striking design, which will be 137 feet high x 36 feet 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 fully funded by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), animating the city and incorporating works of art onto the buildings and streets of Leeds.

The artists behind the artwork are Nomad Clan – Cbloxx and AYLO, a.k.a. Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner – an internationally acclaimed street art muralist pair, dubbed ‘one of street art’s finest female duos’. 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 seven-storey building in Liverpool.

The project aims to inject colour into key sites around in the city to enhance the look of those areas.