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Artist completes his transformation of Toad Hall with painting of a sand lizard



Artist completes his transformation of Toad Hall with painting of a sand lizard

by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

STREET artist Paul Curtis has completed work on his largest ever mural to date at Toad Hall.

Paul, who burst onto the street art scene around three years ago, began painting the tribute to the Sefton coast’s rare sand lizards in August. He has used 330 litres of paint, 42 spray paint cans and spent 360 hours, through rain and sunshine, creating the incredible scene across the exterior of the building. Depicting the environmentally important Ainsdale dunes, it features not just one, but two sand lizards taking pride of place across the design.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:  “We gave Paul an enormous challenge when we asked him to brighten up Toad Hall and I can certainly say that he has stepped up to that challenge. His mural is a magnificent celebration of our unique and environmentally-important coast.

“Paul has captured our Ainsdale dunes and sand lizards perfectly, and I know that people will travel from far and wide to get a glimpse of the finished mural.”

Paul Curtis added:  “This is a project I was extremely keen to be part of. The sheer scale and the challenge that comes with a mural like this is something I had to get my teeth into. I used to visit Ainsdale a lot and I often wondered what the story of Toad Hall was, but I never imagined that I would end up painting it. 

“The are many, many challenges involved with a building like this. This is far from a flat canvas; there are numerous nooks and crannies, pillars and alcoves. This presents difficulties in simply accessing certain parts, but also in making the image line up and make sense.” The idea for an art installation on the Toad Hall building was developed by the Council’s Green Sefton team.

They consulted with members of the community and community groups as well as local Councillors on the design for the mural. The Sefton coast is one of the UK strongholds for the rare sand lizard species.



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