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Mural brightening up the West End

A huge new mural has appeared on the side of Morley Court in the West End of Plymouth as part of a project to tackle graffiti being led by the city’s largest social housing organisation.

Residents and the local community have welcomed the new artwork in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre as a programme to refresh public spaces and help prevent illegal tagging continues.

The creation was commissioned by Plymouth Community Homes and was designed and painted by Jordan Lauder, AKA SpraySaint in an effort to brighten up city blocks and make the area more colourful and welcoming for PCH residents.

The mural was painted with a nature theme with a large stag and foal, wildlife including butterflies, and colourful autumnal leaves to appeal to everyone visiting Morley Court – and it has had nothing but positive feedback so far.

The new addition follows another mural completed at the front of Morley Court in June featuring a similar nature scene, which was a huge success and has stopped unwanted graffiti from appearing in the area.

PCH hopes the murals will also increase footfall to the area and bring business to our commercial tenants based locally.

Jordan Lauder, who worked tirelessly on the new addition, said: “PCH Housing Officer Sarah Chidgey noticed my paintings across the city and invited me to come and produce artwork on a blank wall outside Morley Court in the city centre. I was delighted to get on board.

“When we spoke for the first time, we talked through multiple ideas and landed on a nature theme, which we hoped would appeal to a lot of people, including PCH residents and the local community.

“PCH residents living at Morley Court were really interested in the painting and were coming up to me and thanking me for what I was doing which was great.

“It has sparked huge conversation within the local community, which is fantastic, with people of all generations coming by asking questions about the new artwork.

Sarah Chidgey, Housing Officer at PCH, said: “This wall was often tagged by graffiti so we thought it would be fantastic for residents to have a wall filled with vibrant colours and nature, rather than a tagged, dark bricked wall.

“I have seen a lot of Jordan’s artwork across the city, and as a local creative I knew he would come up with something our residents would love, and he certainly delivered.

“We spoke to residents who were so thrilled with the first mural and they welcomed the idea of a larger one, and there has been amazing feedback from the residents and others who pass by so far.

“There is an overarching feeling that the new mural brightens up the place, makes people smile and feel good about where they live. I love the thought of residents walking into their home and thinking what a lovely view they have, rather than a blank wall which invites crime. Thank you to everyone across PCH and our partner organisations who have helped to make this happen and I want to especially thank Jordan for his efforts and hope to work with him more in the future.”

Photo by David Walley

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