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Artwork enhances scenery at city office space

Employees in one of the city’s prime office spaces have had an injection of colour added to their daily commute.

An artistic cityscape now frames side of the central park at Sovereign Square as a result of a city-wide project to help make the streets of Leeds a little less grey.

A City Less Grey is a street art programme initiated by East Street Arts and fully funded by LeedsBID which sees local and nationally based artists creating art installations and events across sites throughout the city centre.

The giant hand-painted mural depicting personal stories and the wider urban context of Leeds’ transformation as a city past, present and future is the work of artist Jo Peel, and her artwork is already making an impact with businesses in the vicinity.

Sharon Gladish, director at KPMG in Leeds, said: “A City Less Grey artwork project delivers an exciting burst of colour and creativity to the space, through which hundreds of people pass every day. It not only enhances our working environment but is proving to be a talking point for my colleagues and visitors to our office. “

Karen Butler, LeedsBID’s Head of Place Management and Delivery said: “A City Less Grey is one of a number of projects LeedsBID is leading on to fulfil its ambition to enhance the look and feel of Leeds city centre for the benefit of all, providing a real opportunity to help enhance the city’s cultural offer whilst re-investing in the BID area.”

The Sovereign Square artwork is the second installation of five as part of A City Less Grey, with all works due for completion this year.

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