Street art now adorns a wall at New Street Recreation Ground in Daventry in a bid to tackle graffiti.
It has been designed by street artist Binty Bint with the help from people who use the skate park. The work will be a centre piece to a large mural to be produced soon.
Cllr Alan Hills, vice chair of the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership which is co-ordinating the project, said: “The launch was a real success and I think the completed design is fantastic. It was particularly pleasing to see how enthusiastic young people were in the project.
“They were able to get hands-on to help the artist and were asking lots of questions about how they can get further involved. The whole idea is to give young people a sense of ownership of the skate park. So to see them get on board with the project like that was fantastic.”
The project was sparked by Simon Williams of Daventry’s Evergreen Art Café and is supporting Operation Illustration – a Northamptonshire Police initiative to tackle graffiti and associated anti-social behaviour and criminal damage. 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 is impressive and colourful, rather than the traditional scribbling’s you would associate with graffiti.
“As part of Operation Illustration, we are working with Community Safety Partnerships across Northamptonshire to show young people how they can express themselves with street art in designated spots such as this, rather than create unsightly tags and markings.”