Southsea artist unveils mural that has brought community together in lockdown
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With help from his neighbours across the 52 apartments at Carlton House, in Western Parade, artist Mark has helped transform what was an unused communal patio.
Mark said: ‘I moved in two years ago and always wanted to create a mural here – then lockdown gave me the opportunity to get on with it.
‘It took about two weeks, and so many people pitched in.’
More than 10 people from the block helped with the project, with several intending to spruce up the front of the building with a flower display.
Jan Stanton, who has lived in the building for two years, said: ‘It’s been a wonderful community project and Mark has done a fantastic job with the mural.
‘There has never been a community here before this.
‘We have had some residents who have lived here for 34 years saying this is the first time they have got to know their neighbours.’
Her husband John added: ‘We have not had a moment of misery during lockdown.
‘We have been too busy down here working on this.’
Muralist Mark – who has completed public artworks from India to Brazil – is currently working on a range of private properties across Portsmouth and Emsworth, having just finished three large murals for a care home in Kent.
He is currently looking for funding to undertake to create a series of mock ‘ghost adverts’ – historic painted advertisements uncovered from old buildings –across the city.
The 52-year-old, the former operator of the Arts Lodge in Victoria Park, said: ‘I have always been really interested in ghost adverts.
‘My ones would would be completely new – I think they would be a great way to draw people to different areas of the city.’