ARTISTS have created an explosion of colour on a quiet Sunderland street.
Three painters pooled their talents to create a huge mural in Portobello Lane, behind Tesco in Newcastle Road.
Frank Styles, Kayleigh Doughty (known as Artista) and Alf Huntley, a Hetton street artist known as Eyez, created the eye-catching work as part of the Street Art Heroes project.
They were asked to create the piece by artist and curator Garry Hunter who is running the project on behalf of The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council funded scheme aiming to increase arts participation in 10 wards in Sunderland and South Tyneside.
Garry said: “The fish tank frame and elements inside reference the glassmaking history of the area that sent Pyrex and other companies around the UK and further afield.
“I was delighted to be working with these three artists. Artista, whose work was recently featured on X Factor, lives in Surrey but works all over the world.
“Hetton artist Eyez has created a castle for the piece, a regular feature in fish tanks, but it also alludes to the region’s plethora of historical castles. The Eyez piece acts as a portal between the fantastical domestic characters of Artista and the illustrative realism of Frank Styles.
“Frank was born in Kent but works mainly in the North East. The current use of the warehouse is a depository for Low Fell Removals, and Frank has referenced this with a wine glass – the international symbol for ‘fragile’.”
Rebecca Ball, project director of the Cultural Spring, said: “The Street Art Heroes has been a really interesting project.
“It’s a project that has captured people’s imaginations.”