Colourful mural is splash of joy to combat Lincoln High Street gloom

Two graffiti artists have begun work on a colourful mural to bring joy to shoppers and combat High Street gloom.

James Mayles and Luke St Clair-Pedroza started work at the former Boots shop on Monday, November 4 and hope to be finished by the end of the week.

They are the same artists behind the mural at the Brayford underpass which leads from the waterfront into the city centre.

When we sent a reporter down to interview the artists, plenty of people stopped to admire the piece and give them praise.

The former Boots store. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

The former Boots store is getting a facelift. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

The idea behind the latest piece is to celebrate Lincoln Cathedral, with the artists recreating the stained glass and the famous Lincoln Imp.

James told The Lincolnite: “Christmas is coming so we’re trying to brighten up the High Street and promote the upcoming new Lincoln Imp Trail.

“It’s all been super positive today, especially from the older generation. One lady even came up to us and said thank you on behalf of the people of Lincoln.

James Mayle working on the piece. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

James Mayle posing with his masterpiece. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“We’re happy with it so far. It’s weather dependent but we have made a lot of progress with it today so it could be done by tomorrow.”

Lincoln BIG funded the project and is keen to know whether people want to see more of the murals around the city.

Sarah Loftus, Chief Executive at Lincoln BIG, said: “We wanted to make the High Street look much more attractive and show it off as a place for people to invest.

“It celebrates our heritage and lots of people seem to like it. We are looking at moving it when a new business moves into the unit.”