You might have noticed something a bit, well, different about a gable end on Bilton Grange if you’re passing that way. After weeks of chatting with the local community about what artwork they want to see created, the legendary Mick Ronson is now standing loud, proud and VERY colourful.
The recently completed mural depicts the flowers from the parks, the old Hull Spartans athletics track and the former Greenwich shops’ awnings – all sights which would have been familiar to Ronson while growing up in the area.
One of the greatest musical talents of his generation, he was influential in changing the face of rock music and inspiring young musicians worldwide. Before achieving stardom, he worked as a gardener for Hull City Council in parks around East Hull and always stayed true to his Hull roots.
Over weeks of consultation, residents opted for a mural of the East Hull legend on the blank canvas – a bare brick gable end on the parade of shops on Greenwich Avenue.
Longhill and Bilton Grange Ward Councillor Julia Connor said:
“I feel very proud to have been involved in this project.
“The mural is truly magnificent and a credit to the artists Lydia Caprani, Ollie Marshall and Cain Marshall, from Spray Creative.”
Spray Creative’s Ollie Marshall commented:
“It’s been a great process, dead interesting.
“The mural’s very much been designed with the local community after weeks of engagement and talking about what they’d like to see up there. It’s been great to work with organisations who’ve trusted us to make that vision a reality for everyone to enjoy.”
Our Director Louise Yates adds:
“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to support local artists and work with the people of Bilton Grange on what they want to see.
“We’ve a great time chatting with the community and hearing all their ideas, and that’s what’s important to us. Back to Ours has always been, and always will be, about people, and they’ve been at the very heart of this project from the start.
“It was a lovely added surprise to have Maggi Ronson, Mick’s sister, coming along last week to see what’s happening.”
There’ll be a celebration event later in the month to officially welcome the mural – details can be found by following us on Facebook, twitter and Instagram, or by coming back here for updates.