Station mural tells young people to be fearless about reporting crime
A stunning new mural spanning 50 metres has been revealed at a railway station in an area of Bristol renowned for street art.
The Montpelier station mural commissioned by the Severnside Community Rail Partnership was designed and created by local artist Silent Hobo. The mural is based on the four seasons and features images of flora and fauna often seen around the suburban Bristol station including badgers and deer, alongside other snippets of local life.
While the spray painting was in progress, young people from two local schools visited the station and were treated to a Street Art Master Class where they all learned about seeking correct permissions before using spray paints, and with the help of Silent Hobo and volunteers from the University of the West of England, they even got to have a go themselves.
Rachel Rodd, of The Dolphin School, said: “The children at The Dolphin School were so lucky to be given the opportunity to contribute to the community they are a part of. They absolutely loved the experience and were incredibly engaged and enthusiastic throughout the process. Going back when it was all finished was such a treat, the kids 'didn't realise how good it was actually going to be!'”
A section of the mural is dedicated to the Crimestoppers Fearless Youth Service, a resource designed and developed to encourage and empower young people to make their community a safer place.
Heather Cullimore, of the Severnside Community Rail Partnership, said: “This area of Montpelier station was prone to graffiti tagging.
"Experience has taught us that where quality street art is commissioned it will brighten up the station and will be respected and left alone by vandals, so the station feels a much safer and more welcoming place.”