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Van Gogh inspires beautiful graffiti project on Brentford canal warehouse

Young offenders have painted street art on a historic warehouse wall in Brentford Basin, on a project completed this week in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, to transform the vandalised waterside building.

Teenagers from the Hounslow Youth Offending Service were invited by the Trust to help them deal with the local eyesore in the heart of Brentford Basin. The teenagers worked alongside Positive Arts, one of the most respected street art companies in the UK.

Over a two week period, Positive Arts ran a series of events in which former offenders painted the beautiful piece of artwork, to brighten up the area.

Way to Gogh

The design of the mural was decided following a public consultation with local people held in September and takes inspiration from one of the area's famous former residents; Vincent Van Gogh lived in Isleworth for three years, from 1876-79, and walked past Brentford Dock on his way to the Congregational Church at Turnham Green.

His work “The Starry Night” has been incorporated into scenes found along the route of the Grand Union Canal from Brentford, as it continues into the Regent's Canal which winds through London before finishing at Limehouse.

Not just for Christmas

The Trust and the Youth Offending Service will work together in the future, maintaining the mural for all to enjoy.

Dick Vincent, Canal & River Trust towpath ranger, said: “This mural was inspired by local people and has turned an old eyesore into a really positive site for the area. We've had great feedback from local people. It's great that local young people and organisations can contribute like this and we're delighted that they are keen to do more in the future to keep it looking fresh.”

Last Edited: 28 November 2014

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