Colchester: street painting appears in the city center

AN exciting new work of art has appeared in Colchester town center today to mark a visionary redevelopment.

A professional mural artist, Dan Kitchener was commissioned with a temporary artwork to mark the St. Nicholas Square project.

Residents of Colchester can enjoy the artwork until the end of April after it is completed by Mr Kitchener, who has painted in some of the world’s biggest cities.

This commission, appearing on the side of the old Co-op building in St Nicholas Square, is part of Colchester Council’s pop-up art project, designed to raise awareness of the range of capital works taking place in the ‘arrondissement.

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And sharp-eyed locals may have seen the artist, who has worked with stars including Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyris and Lenny Kravitz, working incognito on the site over the weekend.

He believes in the confidentiality of the creative process, taking all his own reference shots and creating every aspect of his murals without assistants or crews.

The artist has made his way around the world to become one of the leading figures in the world of street art.

With his instantly recognized style, he has painted huge murals around the world, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Colchester Council Leader Paul Dundas said: “I’m really delighted to have an artist of Dan Kitchener’s caliber featured on the new art trail.

“I’m confident his exciting work will help drive traffic to the city center for the benefit of the area’s retail and hospitality businesses.”

“It’s a great way to celebrate the upcoming development in the adjacent Place Saint-Nicolas.”

The artist’s street painting is one of six temporary art interventions taking place across Colchester at the end of this month.

Other venues include Queen Street, Northern Gateway Sports Park, St Marks Community Centre, Stanway Community Center and Greenstead.

Residents can keep an eye on social media and the council’s Updating Colchester website to find out when and where art will appear, as well as download a road map to explore the projects.

“I’m excited to see the whole trail come together and encourage people to come and take a look for themselves,” Dundas added.

You can see Colchester’s artistic journey here.

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