Mural artist Jo Hicks - or Hixxy as she is better known - has completed a bold, nature-inspired work at Ballymore’s Brentford Project, in west London. The new artwork gives a fresh and vibrant face to all four elevations of a multi-storey car park that is awaiting cladding under the large-scale regeneration project.
Hixxy is known for her coloured botanical designs and for her latest work she has taken inspiration from Brentford’s nature, waterways and heritage. Golden marsh marigold flowers, a weeping willow tree, a kingfisher and a great crested grebe all adorn the car park, alongside Brentford Football Club’s trademark bees and an Ionic column, which evokes the nearby grade 1 listed Syon House.
“My aim was to create a positive, beautiful and uplifting image inspired by the local area, giving a very grey building an injection of colour and life,” said the artist. “We’re excited to be working with Hixxy on this artwork project,” said Ballymore managing director John Mulryan. “She has fantastic experience in creating interesting and creative murals across the country that speak to their local audiences in a culturally relevant way.”
The mural will be in place for up to three years, as Ballymore continues to regenerate the site, restoring connections to Brentford’s waterside, creating new public spaces and amenities and developing a neighbourhood of 876 homes. Hixxy’s optimistic vision will play its own part in the regeneration process, said Mulryan. “Her work on the car park building will enliven the town centre with a new point of interest for residents and locals.”
See how Hixxy created the mural by watching the short film, above.