More street art has been unveiled in York – and this one’s bigger than most!
A 23m-long stretch of Foss Walk, once neglected and graffitied, has been transformed into a bright and vivid underwater world.
The artwork is by Yorkshire artist, Selkie Ray, and celebrates York’s connectivity to nature and water.
It features an underwater landscape filled with wildlife that can be seen from York’s riverbanks.
The mural runs along Foss Walk behind Travis Perkins and Majestic Wines – a busy route for locals accessing the city centre on foot that had previously been heavily graffitied.
Commissioned by the York BID as part of an ongoing effort to introduce more street art to the city, it joins the murals on the Barbican, Coney Street, and Queen Street – all commissioned or supported by the BID.
Partners in the project are York Cares. It is part of their Big Community Challenge 2023, which saw more than 600 volunteers working with organisations including City of York Council, St Nicks and the University of York, focused on the maintenance and restoration of river and wetland areas in the city.
Project manager at the York BID Rachel Bean is leading the street art project.
She said: “We’re delighted to have installed two murals in such quick succession.
“This artwork, alongside the hard work of the volunteers, has completely transformed this area and is already having such a positive impact.”
Manager at York Cares Holly Hennell said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to work in partnership with York BID to bring a vision of a mural on Foss walkway to life.
“The mural perfectly captures the work we have been doing across the city this June for our Big Community Challenge to transform river and wetland areas, and reflects the importance of our waterways.
“This will be a real legacy for our biggest challenge to date.”
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