Schoolchildren inspired to create graffiti art in Eustace CrescentBy Laura Herbert
March 19, 2013
Schoolchildren were inspired by famous graffiti artist Banksy as they brightened up Eustace Crescent.
Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) invited young people on the Norreys estate to transform grey window screens over half term.
The security screens will cover the ground-floor windows of vacant flats in the crescent until the blocks are demolished.
The council plans to build modern homes with private gardens and public open spaces.
Images painted on the screens included cartoon characters, moonlit stars, and Banksy-inspired artwork.
Councillor David Lee, leader of the council, said: “Teenagers love painting so we thought this would a great opportunity for them to create something they could be proud of and be recognised for.
“It also enabled them to be part of this exciting project right from the start; to give them a sense of ownership.
The original plan was to hire the screens, which deter squatters, vandalism and thieves.
Cllr Lee added: “But we opted instead to buy galvanised sheeting as a one-off cost, which will save at least £2,000.
“So by putting in our own screens we are saving money and improving the environment.”
The paint was supplied by a Bracknell charity that recycles unwanted paint.