23/07/2019 – A new mural in Beeston Town Centre is well underway as part of the Beeston Street Art project. The design brings a touch of mother nature right into the heart of the town centre and has already been catching the eye of local residents and shoppers.
Renowned artist, Mural Life has spray painted the new design about the origins of the word Beeston (derived from the Saxon Beos meaning long grass and Tun meaning settlement) on Station Road, next to another piece of street art which was completed in October depicting three Beeston icons – the late actor Richard Beckinsale, the late singer/songwriter Edwin Starr and fashion designer Sir Paul Smith by Zabou.
The street art was commissioned by Broxtowe Borough Council using an art fund inherited from Henry Boot Plc and is expected to be completed later this week.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Steve Carr said: “It’s great to have another piece of street art completed in Beeston to brighten up the area and showcase the town as the creative place it is. A massive thank you to Mural Life for creating such a beautiful piece of work that the town can be proud of.”
Jeanie Barton, Organiser of Beeston Street Art added “This beautiful landscape helps make our project more cohesive – there are now many different artists, styles and subjects to explore in Beeston; we are well on our way to becoming a top destination in the UK for Street Art, which can only help our high street.”
Mural Life, also known as Russ Meehan, said, “My idea was to try and encompass meanings of the name Beeston so I’ve combined the reeds, rushes and long grasses with the bees which represent Beeston for a lot of people. My design has just tried to put them both together with lots of flowers into a great piece for Beeston town.”
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 very soon.