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‘Emerald’ gets the nod in public vote for town centre mural project.

A mural that aims to illuminate Luton town centre with its message of “opportunity, unity and creativity” will feature emerald as its main colour following a public vote.

The Rough Gemstones project is set to enhance the vibrancy of the town and will transform Silver Street and Library Road when it is created by international artist Silvia Lerín in June.

A month-long public vote held online and in-person at The Mall saw the suggested emerald design come out on top, ahead of ruby, diamond and sapphire.

Jacki Flower, BID Operation Manager, said: “With significant support from Luton Borough Council, the Culture Trust Luton and The Mall, we have been working tirelessly on this project that will transform a prominent space within the town.

“With its vibrant colours and intricate geometric layout, this mural celebrates the multicultural brilliance, symbolising 225,226 individuals as gemstones and is set to illuminate Luton with its message of opportunity, unity and creativity in the heart of the city.

“We are delighted the public have taken the project to heart and voted in their numbers, with hundreds of votes cast as people took a keen interest in the look and feel of the mural. It’s going to be a captivating piece of public art in a cherished part of our town’s landscape.”

The emerald design will start to come to life on May 28, when painting gets underway, with completion anticipated in late June.

Silvia Lerin is a Spanish visual artist based in Luton. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and has had several solo exhibitions in Germany, Spain, and the UK.

She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant of New York and the Annex Collection Award in the UK.

Luton Business Improvement District (BID) is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and overall appeal of Luton town centre through collaborative initiatives and community engagement.

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