This summer local artists were given the opportunity to bring some colour and fun to the streets of Penzance by jazzing up the street light feeder boxes.
This project was inspired by similar street art activities in Carvoeiro, Portugal and Dublin where public art is embraced by the local residents. The designs that were selected through a submission process reflect the town’s personality and distinctiveness, putting Penzance on the map as a creative, colourful and artistic town.
Passers-by were pleasantly surprised to find the artists hard at work hard-painting their designs onto the metal and happy to stop and chat.The wave of positive feedback that was received showed that many had found it truly heartwarming to see colour and a sense of pride brought to the town.
The ‘Let’s Paint Penzance’ project is already bearing fruit as other Penzance-based community groups are now getting involved in creating their own street art. Pop Up Penzance, the organisation that ran the project have already received donations from members of the public toward more artwork. They are now looking at developing a more ambitious street art project in the next 12 months, and to create greater opportunities for local businesses, families and individuals to contribute to the street art.