Mural gives new lease of life to wall

Emma Dunlop

A GRAFFITI riddled and vandalised wall has been given a new lease of life thanks to the talents of a Sheffield artist.

With the help of local school children, artist Jimi Nicholson has painted a new art mural on the wall of Nevio’s hairdressers in Heeley Green, Sheffield.

Heeley Development Trust commissioned Mr Nicholson to paint the mural after the wall became an eyesore.

Mr Nicholson visited Ann’s Grove Primary School, in Heeley, to get some ideas and inspiration from young people who took an active part in the design and painting.

Following its completion the wall has been treated with a specialist graffiti paint, which means any new graffiti on the wall will be washed off easily.

The wall, which has been nicknamed the “spirit of Heeley”, and took 10 days to complete, and depicts a scene featuring local landmarks old and new, including the local shops, pubs, schools and churches.

Young people from Heeley Green put the finishing touches to the mural in organised painting sessions during half-term week. Their artwork has been incorporated along the bottom half of the wall.

Coun John Robson, who unveiled the mural, said: “This is an inspiration to the area, its great to see a blot on the landscape transformed into a wonderful piece of art that all of the community can enjoy.”

The mural was commissioned with funding by the Safer Communities Partnership and the Children and Young Families Fund.

PC Beverly Wilson of South Yorkshire Police said: “Graffiti or so called ‘tagging’ is a sign of antisocial behaviour and will not be tolerated.

“The partnership was delighted to be able to fund this project which has made such a difference to the appearance of Heeley Green.

“We hope the involvement of the children in developing the artwork, will deter them from getting involved with crimes like graffiti in years to come.”