One of Britain’s best-known street artists Aroe has helped add a dash of colour to the walls at Hove Lagoon.
He agreed to help paint a mural on the south wall of the Lagoon along with local councillor Robert Nemeth, neighbours and supporters.
Councillor Nemeth, who represents Wish Ward on Brighton and Hove City Council, said that he had pledged before he was elected last year to push for improvements at the Lagoo.
He said that he had been working with the team at the Big Beach Café and liaising with those using the Lagoon as well as local residents.
After contacting Aroe, he put together a team of talented graffiti artists to brighten up the wall starting at the skate park end.
Councillor Nemeth said: “This has been decorated with a variety of famous skateboard logos including Powell Peralta’s Bones Brigade skull motif.
“The remaining two thirds of the long wall will be much more sedate and is to include the words ‘Hove Lagoon’ in a more traditional style.
“Although the wall will be one of the largest pieces of public art in the country, not a single penny of public money has been used.
“The work has attracted many positive comments on Facebook where pictures of the ongoing work have been posted by members of the public.”
One local resident Malcolm Simmonds said: “Brilliant – let some artists give free flow to their imagination. Love it. Well done Robert and Dan Stockland. As to the subject matter – you have to let the artists decide, in my book. I look forward to cycling down there and seeing how it’s going.”
Domino Moore said: “Looks amazing. Well done to you all for raising the money and persevering with it. Stoneham Park is also lucky to have a piece of Aroe art and is getting more street art done over the summer.”
Jo Ivens said: “It looks even better today with a bit more colour. My three-year-old loves the skeleton too!”
Danny Stockland, who runs the Big Beach Café, said: “The skate park is looking amazing after 17 years of neglect. The local skaters – old and new – are loving the cool old skool skating images which complements the skate park and Lagoon in general.
“The Big Beach Café are proud to help and give something back to our wonderful diverse community and are really looking forward to seeing what the council has planned for the play area opposite to complement the project.”
Councillor Nemeth added: “We have approached this matter carefully and have had hundreds of conversations with members of the public to get it right.
“We now have a piece of artwork in Hove by Aroe, one of the country’s top artists. The skaters absolutely love it.
“The project sets a high benchmark for the planting, landscaping and other projects that we have planned for the Lagoon – and we did it with help from generous local residents rather than with public cash.
“The Lagoon will again be recognised as Hove’s premier seafront attraction.”