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'Wonderful initiative': Street artist to create stunning new mural

PUBLISHED: 16:11 22 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:24 22 July 2019

The finishing touches are added to the giant barn owl mural in Lowestoft by ATM. Picture: Mick Howes

The finishing touches are added to the giant barn owl mural in Lowestoft by ATM. Picture: Mick Howes

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A popular street artist is set to make a welcome return to town as a new giant wildlife mural is created.

The completed barn owl mural at Lowestoft High Street. Picture: Suffolk Wildlife TrustThe completed barn owl mural at Lowestoft High Street. Picture: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Nationally renowned street artist ATM is once again teaming up with Suffolk Wildlife Trust as he returns to Lowestoft next week to paint third in a series of spectacular murals that are being created as part of a graffiti art trail throughout Lowestoft.

After a stunning marsh harrier was unveiled on a wall in Oulton Broad last October, a beautiful barn owl soared into the top of the High Street in Lowestoft in May.

ATM street artist painting a mural on the side of Smith Brother Timber, Oulton Broad for Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Picture: Nick ButcherATM street artist painting a mural on the side of Smith Brother Timber, Oulton Broad for Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Picture: Nick Butcher

And as the trail celebrates Suffolk Wildlife Trust's acquisition of land to extend Carlton Marshes nature reserve, ATM is set to paint the new mural in Lowestoft town centre.

A well-loved bird that is regularly spotted in the town centre on Lake Lothing, as well as at Carlton Marshes nature reserve, will feature on the wall of Angel Hairdressers, close to the Bascule Bridge and train station.

However, the identity of the species for the third mural is being kept under wraps until ATM begins painting from next Monday, July 29.

Ahead of this, and with the wall being particularly tricky to access, from July 22 volunteers from SLS Painting and First Choice Decorating are painting the wall in preparation as Associated British Ports, Barnes Construction and Apex Scaffolding all lend a hand to make sure both ATM and the volunteer painters can access the wall and work safely throughout.

Speaking of his time in Lowestoft, ATM said: "The big wall paintings of iconic marshland species around Lowestoft will help to make more people aware of how privileged they are to have such a wonderful resource on their doorstep."

The trail will culminate with a piece of ATM's artwork adorning the new visitor centre at Carlton Marshes, which is due to open in 2020.

Support for the mural has come from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Barnes Construction, Associated British Ports, Apex Scaffolding, Robin Graham at Angel Hair, SLS Painting, First Choice Decorating, Dragonfly decorators, Ivy House Hotel, QD Stores and Brewers.

William Barnes, chairman of The Barnes Group Ltd said: "We are delighted to be able to provide support to enable the painting of this lovely mural which will promote the nature reserve and act as an inspiring introduction to the natural world for our children."

Paul Ager, divisional port manager for Associated British Ports, added: "ABP is committed to working with local communities and is delighted to be able to support Suffolk Wildlife Trust with this wonderful initiative.

"We look forward to seeing the new mural proudly taking its place in Lowestoft."

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