Pop-art mural comes to Colchester

By Rita Flores

Mural artist Dan Kitchener has taken part in the Colchester Pop-art project with a temporary artwork in St Nicholas Square, available to view from today until the end of April.

Some sharp-eyed locals even managed to see the artist, who has worked with top stars such as Kylie Minogue and Miley Cyrus, working incognito at the site over the weekend.

Dan Kitchener became one of the leading figures in the street art world and is known to keep his creative process private and creating every aspect of his murals without assistants or teams.

With his instantly recognised style, he has painted huge murals globally including Tokyo, Hong Kong, USA, Europe and the UK.

Now appearing on the side of the former Co-op building, this commission is part of the Updating Colchester Pop-Art project designated to bring awareness to the range of capital works taking place in the borough.

Leader of the Colchester Council, Paul Dundas said: “I am really pleased to have an artist of Dan Kitchener’s calibre featuring on the new art trail.

“I’ve no doubt his exciting work will help drive footfall to the town centre, benefitting the retail and hospitality businesses in the local area.

“This is a great way to celebrate the forthcoming development at the adjacent St. Nicholas Square. I’m excited to see the whole trail come together.”

Kitchener’s street painting is one of the six temporary artistic interventions taking place throughout Colchester until the end of the month. Residents can download a route map or keep an eye on social media to find out when and where the art will pop-up being Queen Street, Northern Gateway Sports Park, St Marks Community Centre and Greenstead the most likely locations