Street Art

Burn­ley’s an­swer to Banksy pays trib­ute to their top grav­elly-voiced gaffer – by spray­ing him on a pub wall

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Jose Mour­inho and Pep Guardi­ola may be the most high-pro­file man­agers in the Premier League this sea­son, but do they have their faces on the side of a pub? No, they do not. It’s ad­van­tage to Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che then, af­ter the 45-year-old’s feats at Turf Moor were hon­oured by a huge mu­ral of the man­ager’s nog­gin. Dy­che has guided the club into the Premier League for a sec­ond time, and Burn­ley’s an­swer to Banksy knew how to mark it. In­flu­enced by Barack Obama’s fa­mous 2008 ‘Hope’ cam­paign poster, graf­fiti artist Paul Jones grabbed his spray paint and took to the streets. “I’d been look­ing around town for not only a large wall, but one where a lot of peo­ple would see it,” Jones tells FFT. “Luck­ily I found a derelict pub at the side of a dual car­riage­way that is on a pri­mary route to­wards Turf Moor.” Jones runs the Graf­fia graphic de­sign firm and, de­spite the size of the job, he com­pleted the work alone in un­der 24 hours – al­though his trusty mate, Dan, was pre­sent to hold the lad­der. “I started at mid­night by prim­ing the wall in prepa­ra­tion for the next day,” Jones ex­plains. “Then, early on a fine Burn­ley Sun­day morn­ing, I drew the out­line, be­fore spray­ing the wall in one ses­sion. All that, and I was still done in time for a bar­be­cue at home at 5pm! “The re­ac­tion has been out of this world. While I was do­ing it, on­look­ers beeped their horns, sang Burn­ley songs – some brought me tea and snacks!” Dy­che him­self is said to be im­pressed by the mu­ral, and even the lo­cal coun­cil have made an ex­cep­tion to their zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy on graf­fiti for this one. “Luck­ily they love it and they’re look­ing to get more art­work around the town,” Jones says. “If Burn­ley ‘do a Le­ices­ter’, I’ll be back in ac­tion!” FFT waits to see who will be­come the Clarets’ Jamie Vardy. The flow­ing locks of Ge­orge Boyd lend them­selves to a good Che Gue­vara mo­tif, we reckon.


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