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Skip-Art for seafront spectators

CICCmyEWUAAVZZi Visitors, passers-by and beach-goers were treated to a free skip-art event in June on Great Yarmouth seafront.

WT Skip Hire treated locals to a weekend of Norfolk-inspired skip-art with the help of mural artist Mik Richardson.

The event, on Anchor Plaza, saw a skip being completely revamped with dragons on one side and a tribute to  Joyland, Yarmouth’s children’s fun park, including its famous snails on the other.

Managing Director Gary Thurtle says, “We started the event last year mainly for fun. We thought it would be a  quirky thing to do in terms of brand distinction and also to separate us from the crowd.

“It gave us time with the locals, all our staff came down, everyone enjoyed it, and it was good interaction with the  public.”

The event, organised in conjunction with Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority and Great Yarmouth Borough Council, followed on from the success of last year’s first skip-art event, which resulted in the company winning a marketing award from enterpriseGY.

Gary continues, “I really loved Mik’s work, so I approached him last year and he said yes. It wasn’t something I thought he would get involved in with it being skips, as they aren’t seen as being very sexy, but he was up for it and a very nice guy and he really enjoyed doing it.

“Our first event was fantastic, so we decided we would do it again this year. We had a prominent position, right on the heart of the seafront, so loads of people were coming past, it was great fun.

“We provided chairs and people came along and sat down to watch him whilst he was working. He started with a blank canvas at 9am and finished at 4pm. Each skip side took seven hours to complete and Mik was really happy to answer any questions all day.

“Last year’s skips are still being used and are always a great topic of conversation for customers. No doubt the new ones will be too.”

To date, Mik has produced over 400 projects and murals across the country and works with schools, colleges, arts centres and businesses. He hit the headlines in 2013, when a life-sized gorilla sculpture he had created of Freddie Mercury was removed from the GoGoGorilla’s collection.

The GoGoGorillas were a troop of 54 life-sized caricatures placed along an art-trial produced by artists for auction to raise funds for the Norfolk Charity Break and the Born Free Foundation.

Mik’s caricature of the Queen Singer became the centre of a media frenzy when the singer’s estate said the gorilla’s yellow jacket breached copyright. Mik had to remove the gorilla, which took three days to make and repaint it.

The gorilla fetched £20,000 when it finally went to auction.


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