A new mural in Nottinghamshire inspiring residents to “look to the stars” has been completed. The spray-painted addition in Portland Square, Sutton-in-Ashfield, depicting the town’s past and future represents its long history of hosiery manufacturing.
The mural was painted in just 32 hours using spray paint by internationally known artist Zabou. Zabou is a French street artist based in London who travels the world painting her photo realist murals.
The mural was named ‘Look at the Stars’ by Zabou after shehad finished it. The Sutton mural features the Walton Stocking Factory in the background. Zabou said: “It was a pleasure to paint my first mural of 2022 in Sutton and meet the local community. I hope that my work will brighten up people’s day, maybe inspire them, and hopefully shine a light on both the future and the past of the town.”
Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council, said: “The impact of cultural experiences can’t be underestimated. Good art starts conversations, inspires, and encourages creativity in everyone. The Sutton mural has been doing exactly that. We have had hundreds of responses to the mural both online and in person. We were approached by several residents whilst Zabou was painting it and they all had fantastic comments to share with us.”
Freya, the girl in the foreground is a junior member of Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society viewing the stars at Sherwood Observatory. Located on the side of the building occupied by Kim’s Diner, the project is being delivered as part of the Welcome Back Fund. Freya commented on her experience of being part of the mural: “I was so excited to be asked to be part of the mural a few months ago. We had a photoshoot with Zabou which was fun, and then we got to watch it being painted. I’m really proud to be a part of it, I love being a member of Sherwood Observatory and I think the mural makes the town centre look amazing! I hope it stays there for a long time.”