A street artist is planning to start work on a large mural on the wall of a Northamptonshire police station as part of an anti-graffiti project.
Binty Bint, best known for her trademark chicken designs, will start work on the wall of Daventry Police Station next to the Diamond Jubilee Skate Park on Friday.
Based on the themes of skating, community and respect, her design will form the centrepiece of a large mural which will be added to over the coming months by young people from across the community, including schools and youth groups.
The project is the brainchild of Simon Williams of Daventry’s Evergreen Art Café and is being co-ordinated by Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership.
It is supporting Operation Illustration, a Northamptonshire Police initiative to tackle graffiti and associated anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.
Binty said: “I am excited to be working on this fantastic local initiative and I am looking forward to working with members of the community to help brighten up Daventry.”
Councillor Alan Hills, Vice Chair of the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, said: “The aim of this project is to reduce anti-social behaviour by giving the young people that use the skate park a sense of ownership over it. The result will be a large, colourful mural that everyone who uses the Rec will be able to enjoy. But we also hope the young people that played a part in producing it will take pride in their achievement.”
Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds has given permission for the wall, which is part of Daventry Police Station, to be used for the project.
He said: “I have been in this job for almost two years and this is the first time I’ve been asked to allow artwork to be painted onto one of our police station walls.
“I applaud any initiative that gives young people the chance to take ownership of the area they live and socialise in and this art wall will provide an opportunity for young people from across Daventry to leave their mark in the town in a creative way.
“I look forward to my next visit to Daventry to see how the wall is developing.”
PCSO Phil Wane, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “This is the first project of its kind in the county and one which I hope will show the vibrancy of street art, rather than the grunginess of graffiti.
“Urban art by people such as Binty Bint is impressive and colourful, rather than the traditional scribbling’s you would associate with graffiti.”