Three Icons of Beeston have been given a lasting tribute in Beeston Town Centre as part of the Beeston Street Art Festival. The late actor Richard Beckinsale, the late singer/songwriter Edwin Starr, and fashion designer Sir Paul Smith are being spray painted by international street artist Zabou to celebrate the influential creatives of Beeston.
The street art on Station Road was commissioned by Broxtowe Borough Council as part of its Beeston Square Redevelopment project. The original funding was provided by Henry Boot plc. as part of Beeston Square Phase 1. The Council chose to use the remaining £8,179 of the fund for the street art.
Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee, Councillor Paul Simpson, said, “The Beeston Wall is a vibrant reminder of the creativity of those that were born or live in Beeston and will stand as a tribute to three of Beeston’s biggest heroes. We’re proud to have helped the Civic Society and community team behind the Street Art Festival with the wall and we’d like to thank them and Zabou for creating such a stunning piece of art in one of our town centres.”
Jeanie Barton, Organiser of the Beeston Street Art Festival Team, said, “After organising the inaugural Beeston Street Art festival in June I was delighted Broxtowe Council voted to spend their remaining Henry Boot Art Fund on commissioning the wall. Zabou is creating a massive mind-blowing mural featuring our most famous local creatives. Crowds have been gathering already and Kate Beckinsale shared a progress shot on Instagram praising the work and Beeston. I’m delighted the art is already such a huge attraction for my home town.”
Zabou said, “It’s always amazing to have very positive feedback and I think the celebrities are speaking to a lot of people because they’re really loved around here, some people are emotional and it reminds them of their childhood. It’s really nice. This is my last really big mural for the year, as I’ve been non-stop travelling and painting for the last three months. So I’m looking forward to my bed. I won’t be able to rest too much though as the next thing for me is a group show at the Saatchi Gallery in London in December so I’ve got to prepare for that.”
The redevelopment of Beeston Square began in 2013 and work on Phase 2, which includes 120 new homes, a cinema and a number of new food and drink outlets, is set to begin in 2019.
For more information on Zabou, please visit her website.