New street art to mark Clean Air Day

PUBLISHED: 14 June 2023

Thursday, 15 June 2023 is Clean Air Day and to mark this national event, the Colchester-wide CAReless Pollution no idling campaign has commissioned a 20m-long mural on Queen Street.

The colourful artwork, commissioned by Our Colchester BID and painted by local artist Adrian Leroy, brings a breath of fresh air to the city centre with images of clean, green spaces reflecting Castle Park and other Colchester landmarks.

The artwork features people walking, cycling and scooting to help encourage people to make green transport choices whenever possible in and around the city centre. Subject to planning approval, the mural will subsequently have visuals and messages added to remind drivers to ‘take care of your air’ by switching off their vehicle engines while stationary.

The new mural complements other art projects being undertaken across the city in empty shop windows and on vacant sites, including the mural that has recently been added to hoardings outside the old bus depot further along Queen Street.

Other activities taking place on Thursday 15 June to mark Clean Air Day include:
  • Information stands at the University and Colchester Hospital
  • A day of activities about air pollution and a whole school assembly at St James’ Primary School delivered by the CAReless Pollution team
  • New window stickers in Culver Square showing how clean air can benefit our lungs
Cllr Andrea Luxford-Vaughan, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Environment and Sustainability at Colchester City Council, said: “We are pleased to support the  air pollution campaign, working in partnership with local artist Adrian Leroy to help remind everyone of the importance of clean air, as well as improving the streetscape along Queen Street.

“Switching off your vehicle engine when stationary is a simple action for all drivers and it can help reduce air pollution in Colchester by up to 30 per cent. It also improves air quality inside the vehicle, as few car drivers realise that when their engine is left idling that the air they are breathing can quickly become of worse quality than the air outside.”

Painting of the mural will commence on Saturday, 17 June. The site is located adjacent to the Curzon cinema at the top end of Queen Street.

Pictured above: A GCI version of how the completed mural will look.

Page last reviewed: 14 June 2023


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