The UK’s tallest piece of street art soars above Leeds city skyline
The giant artwork entitled “Athena Rising” stands a monumental 46.8 metres (153 feet) from the ground, making it several metres taller than the statue of Christ which looms over Rio de Janeiro, and a similar size to the Statue of Liberty.
Using the full length of Bruntwood’s Platform building as its canvas, which can be viewed from Leeds train station’s platforms far below, the striking 11 metre-wide design centres on an owl in flight, alongside the moon and a crown, as a nod to the artists involved.
It took internationally-acclaimed street art muralist pair Nomad Clan, dubbed 'one of street art's finest female duos', just over two weeks and hundreds of cans of spray paint to complete the work. The duo - Cbloxx and AYLO (aka Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner) - worked up to eight hours a day harnessed in a cradle suspended down the side of the building.
The huge statement piece is part of the citywide street art project ‘A City Less Grey’, initiated by East Street Arts and fully funded by LeedsBID. The project aims to animate the city and incorporate works of art onto and into Leeds’ buildings and streets.