An exciting pilot project to turn an underpass into the District’s first ‘legal wall’ has begun.
Connecting Whetstone and Blaby under the A426, the underpass next to College Road has been the target of graffiti for a number of years, with different solutions proving unsuccessful. The new pilot, introduced by Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health Team, designates the underpass as a ‘Legal street art wall.’
Street artists use designated legal public walls to create art without the threat of prosecution. Local business GraffHQ will manage the underpass and carry out regular checks, with the company already managing a legal wall in Leicester city.
The Council consulted with local residents and partnership organisations before launching the pilot project; the first event took place on Sunday 11 June artists taking the opportunity to transform the wall.
Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said: “This site has been a target of vandalism for many years and has been an issue for both local residents and Parish Councils.
“We are pleased to trial this initiative with Graff HQ, with the results so far very impressive. I’m hopeful it becomes a site that the artists and local residents can be proud of.”
Izzy Hoskins from Graff HQ, said: “We’re really glad to be a part of this pilot and to have this space to use on the underpass. We know there are very talented artists in the District and by working with the Council with this canvas we hope to support their artistic development.
“If the artwork is damaged it can be repaired. The artists will effectively self-manage the site as with other sites.”
For more information on the designation of the legal wall, e-mail email@example.com or call 0116 275 0555. For information on getting involved with the legal wall call Graff HQ on 07938 940 174.