A mural covering more than 8,000 sq ft of the former Littlewoods building on Edge Lane, Liverpool, has been completed, celebrating the city’s creative and digital industries.
Liverpool City Council, the Homes & Communities Agency, and developer Capital & Centric are currently working in partnership to deliver the £30m Littlewoods Studios project, which will see the conversion of the existing buildings and the construction of sound stages for occupiers from the film and TV sector, creating a campus of up to 300,000 sq ft on completion.
A £4m conversion of the 20,000 sq ft Bunker Building has already taken place at the site.
The mural was painted by street artist Replete and Liverpool-based Beta, and was commissioned by Get It Right, a campaign to increase awareness of the value of the UK’s creative industries. Littlewoods is the fourth piece in the nationwide project, which has produced street art on walls totalling a combined 15,500 sq ft.
The graffiti pays homage to the film and television industry, with references to the special effects capabilities of the city. Liverpool’s heritage in gaming is also included, with a nod to the cult game Wipeout, created by Liverpool-based studios Psygnosis.
Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “So much of what we do as a business revolves around UK creativity. This artwork encourages young people consider the importance of supporting the films, music, games, books and sports that we all love.
“The subject of illegal downloading creates a polarised view amongst young people, but this artwork asks them to make a choice; do they support the UK’s creative industries or not? Purchasing from legitimate sources helps new artists and ideas that we all benefit from, that’s the point we want to make.”