A SUBWAY in Stoke Aldermoor has been transformed from a poorly lit hotspot for vandalism and anti-social behaviour into a vibrant woodland mural as part of Coventry’s ‘In Paint We Trust’ project.
Local artists Lucy Kenny and Rory McKenna were tasked with creating the huge colourful mural, taking inspiration from ideas from the community, along with Coventry history and culture.
‘In Paint We Trust’ has led to local, national and international artists creating murals across the city which are designed to spark a conversation.
This mural was produced by Street Art Strategy with Coventry Business Improvement District and Coventry City of Culture Trust supporting the project.
In Paint We Trust is funded by the City of Culture and has seen other murals, including ‘Tower of Tales’ at New Union Street car park, created by internationally acclaimed Manchester duo Nomad Clan.
The Stoke Aldermoor painting is part of the ‘Lift Me Up’ campaign and the Place Based Social Action (PBSA) project to address people’s concerns about the subways’ poor lighting and appearance.
Self-taught artist Rory started out studying graphic design before going into graffiti.
He said: “I want to try and combine street art, fine art and graffiti and I am trying to do as much street art as I can while I can.
“Working on the Stoke Aldermoor tunnel project was amazing, the skills I learnt here I’ll carry forever, and seeing the locals enjoy it has made it even better.”
City of Culture Trust visual arts programme producer, Cara Pickering added In Paint We Trust was about storytelling, sharing and celebrating stories from Coventry.
“This piece of work does just that.
“It has been produced by people from the city from the initial idea to the design concept and the artistic work.”