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Mural honouring Guide Dogs unveiled in Wirral

A NEW piece of street art has been completed in New Brighton.

The mural, painted by internationally-renowned urban artist Aches features a German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and a Labrador.

Located on Virginia Road within the town’s Victoria Quarter, the almost three-dimensional mural is typical of Dublin-based Ache’s style, who uses a layered colour separation technique in his work.

The mural is dedicated to Guide Dogs, a national charity which was founded in New Brighton in 1931 by Rosamund Bond and Muriel Crooke. 90 years on and they continue their work today by giving people with sight loss the confidence to get out and about safely and are world leaders in puppy socialisation: breeding and training more dogs than any other organisation in the world.

The piece which was commissioned and funded by New Brighton Street Art is part of the company’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ project which highlights individuals or groups who play a vital role in the community but who may not be in the public eye or get the recognition they deserve. 

A previous commission by the company which also operates New Brighton Street Art Tour saw a hyper-realistic portrait painted in 2020 of local lifeboat crew member Mike Jones, marking his 40-year anniversary with the New Brighton station and is also situated on Virginia Road. 

Speaking about the latest work, entitled “Guide Dogs” artist Aches said: “It was a pleasure to come to New Brighton to paint, I’ve been aware of what the guys are doing here and was keen to get involved. The town’s street art scene has a fantastic reputation and it’s great to be involved, joining other leading artists in their open air gallery.”

Aches’s artwork is due to be fitted with an aluminium plaque which will include details of the artwork and the artist as well as information on how to make a donation to the charity.

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