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Riverside graffiti mural almost finished

A spray-painted graffiti mural created by art students in Lincoln is almost finished.

Only 20 metres of the corrugated metal wall of William Sinclair Horticulture, on Firth Road, remain uncovered by the nature-themed mural.

The wall, overlooking the River Witham, now has paintings of local wildlife, trees and people covering the illegal graffiti which was there before the project.

As previously reported, designs depicting cyclists and flowers have also been added to the 130 metres-long wall this week.

The ten students, studying illustration at the University of Lincoln, hope to have the mural completed by the beginning of term in September.

Painting began on the two metres-high mural last Monday, after months of planning.

“Hopefully we’ll have enough paint to finish the mural pretty soon, but we’re still  coming up with more ideas for designs,” said painter Myles Hamilton, 21.

“We’ve been rained off or run out of paint a few times, but apart from that we’ve not had any other problems. We have adapted to the corrugated surface really well, and some of us are using spray-paints for the first time.”

Public response to the mural has been positive, with passers-by filling out response forms praising the project.

“A local man came along and wanted us to paint palm trees in his back garden, and a child minder wanted us to paint her whole garden,” said Myles, who begins his second university year in September.

“We’ve really worked together and knuckled down and its all paid off.”

You can follow the project’s progress on their blog.