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'It brings a bit of colour to Lowestoft': ATM begins work on new mural by Bascule Bridge

PUBLISHED: 14:43 30 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:30 30 July 2019

ATM poses in front of the mural in its early stages with his original sketches. Photo Mick Howes

ATM poses in front of the mural in its early stages with his original sketches. Photo Mick Howes

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The street artist responsible for Lowestoft's famous barn owl and harrier hawk murals has begun work on his latest project.

Katy Runacres, left, with street artist ATM, planned the mural trail in Lowestoft. Photo: Mick HowesKaty Runacres, left, with street artist ATM, planned the mural trail in Lowestoft. Photo: Mick Howes

Today, July 30, the nationally renowned artist ATM began painting another well-loved bird on the wall of Angel Hairdressers, near Bascule Bridge.

This mural is the third in a series of five to be created by ATM in collaboration with Suffolk Wildlife Trust, forming part of a project funded by the Carlton Marshes Heritage Fund.

ATM said: "It's a great spot and exciting subject. I'm just getting a feel for the size of the wall and finding the right placement, the right proportions, and the angle of the bird - now I've given away what it is.

"I'll be working on it for the rest of the week at least, maybe into next week. It's the biggest mural I've done in Lowestoft and one of the biggest I've ever done."

ATM has made art in London and New York, and also across Europe.

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Katy Runacres, a wild learning officer at Carlton Marshes for Suffolk Wildlife Trust, helped to organise the project.

She said: "This one here is a fantastic setting, a lot of traffic and tourists go past here.

"It just brings a bit of colour to Lowestoft. We've had a lot of locals say they just like that there's something bright and a bit different going on.

"It brings art and excitement to a plain, drab wall."

The five murals create a graffiti trail which will create a route to the Carlton Marshes, and remind people of the nature surrounding Lowestoft.

Mrs Runacres added: "We're very lucky to have the beach five minutes one way and the marshlands 10 minutes the other way. We're enclosed by wildlife all around us and people forget."

Lowestoft resident Luis Laranjeiro, from Commercial Road, was watching ATM as he began the mural. He said: "It's a really good idea. I've seen the other one of the owl and it's nice there's one on this end of the town.

"I think there should be more, it was a dull building and now it's a work of art."

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