The iconic Parliament Street building has been transformed by a Harrogate street artist, whose murals have already brought color to a drab Harrogate laneway and the Great Yorkshire Showground.
Sam Porter of Mural Minded, was commissioned by Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) last year to create one of his masterpieces on Cross James Street – now he’s been asked to decorate the entrances to Parliament Street and Oxford Street from the old shop department.
Last week, Sam began work on the first door, and when the two are finished, they will each wear colorful images of flowers, and in turn will provide a perfect fit with the BID’s Floral Summer of Celebration.
From 15 July to 12 August, the town center will be home to a floral trail featuring eight unique exhibits, a window competition and an exhibition at the Victoria Shopping Center examining different aspects of Harrogate’s floral history.
Unlike the Cross James Street mural, which was painted directly on the wall, Debenhams’ designs are created on wooden planks, which can be moved and displayed elsewhere.
Harrogate BID director Matthew Chapman said: “The former Debenhams store is one of the most significant buildings on Parliament Street.
“Last year it enjoyed a number of our well-known window vinyls featuring famous people with a connection to Harrogate.
“Because it’s been empty for a while now and its doors have been boarded up to prevent people from sleeping in the nooks, we asked Sam to work his magic here.
“He is an incredibly gifted artist, his murals are breathtaking and will help give this building a welcome splash of color, which fits perfectly with our Floral Summer of Celebration.”
Work is expected to be completed sometime next week.
In recent years Sam has seen his work exhibited in many other cities across the UK, as well as in the Harrogate district.
Further information about Harrogate BID can be found on its website, www.harrogatebid.co.uk/