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STREET artists from around the world left their marks on Chichester.

Buildings across the city are now adorned with huge, colourful pieces as part of the Chichester Festival of Street Art.

Neil Lawson-Baker and Street Art London's Richard Howard-Grffin

Neil Lawson-Baker and Street Art London's Richard Howard-Grffin

The Blue Fox was painted on to the side of a house in North Street by Italian street artist Hitnes.

Sarah Cross, who owns the house, said: ‘I love it. My husband was expecting a small mural, but it’s huge.

‘I think this is really exciting for the whole of Chichester.

‘None of these works of art are permanent and it’s being carefully managed. Just what Chichester needs to put us on the map.’

Berlin-based Thierry Noir was joined by schoolchildren to paint 61 panels around Chichester Festival Theatre.

He said it did not matter that the work was temporary: ‘You can make videos. You can take photographs. You can have your archives. You don’t want to make things forever on the street.’

The festival is the brainchild of Neil Lawson-Baker, the chief executive officer of the Chichester-based National Open Art Competition, to brighten up the city in the summer.