ONE of the top 20 street artists in the world returned to her home city of York to paint a mural that will be at the heart of the Spark:York shipping container community hub in Piccadilly.

Harriet Wood, whose street name is Miss Hazard, created the colourful art after enlisting the help of the Prince’s Trust and Kyra to inspire the design with ideas that mean something about living in York.

The finished mural includes references to the bar walls, the solar system models on the York – Selby cycle track, daffodils, Clifford’s Tower,and musical notes to reflect the music scene.

She thanked Spark:York for the opportunity, saying: “It was especially nice for me to be painting something in York that represents my home town.

“From the wonderful ideas discussed at the community workshop last week, we decide to use the subtle things that remind us of how special a place it is, including the white rose ... and of course a butterfly to represent Kyra women’s project, who had a big input on this design.”

Youngsters also had a go at spray painting and learned techniques from Miss Hazard.

The children, who were invited in association with York Mumbler, painted huge hoardings that will be cut to create planters for the hub’s garden.

Miss Hazard was included in The Guardian’s list of the UK’s top women graffiti artist and the Huffington Post has also named her as one of the top 20 in the world.

It is hoped Spark:York’s hub of shipping containers converted into retail units, bars and restaurants will open in late September.

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