In total 72 young people from six schools in Ryde and Portsmouth painted images from the Solent’s famous stretch of water on the hoardings of the construction site at the headquarters of the new 1851 Trust charity. The charity is being supported by Ben Ainslie Racing through a number of areas, including hosting a Visitor Centre.
Pupils from Ryde School and Ryde Academy went over to Portsmouth in October to make their mark on the mural, which includes the skyline and seascape scene from across the Solent area.
It’s taken almost a month for the weather to provide enough of a dry spell to get the finishing touches and a protective coat of varnish on the mural, but finally the covers have been removed and the finished work has been revealed to the world.
The painting was coordinated by local arts and media company, Strong Island, based in Southsea, with help from renowned local street artists James Waterfield and Dharma 77, and the internationally recognized My Dog Sighs.