"I would prefer someone to be offended:" Sheffield artist set to shake up Chelsea Flower Show with grit and graffiti

Sheffield artist Jo Peel.
Sheffield artist Jo Peel.
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A Sheffield artist is set to shake up this year's world famous Chelsea Flower Show - with an artwork capturing a graffiti strewn industrial scene.

Instead of roses and blooming flowers, visitors to Jo Peel's installation will be greeted with urban style graffiti, cranes, tower blocks and factory chimneys.

The Sheffield artist, 36, has created the "attention grabbing" industrial mural for the show which opens next Thursday.

She told the Daily Mail: "'If people are offended it means they have taken notice. I would prefer someone to be offended than for someone to be bored."

Her mural forms the centrepiece of the Royal Horticultural Society's flagship show garden, called Greening Grey Britain, which has been designed by gold medal-winning gardener Nigel Dunnett and cost about £100,000.

He said he hopes the display will 'change perceptions', adding: "Chelsea has quite a traditional image, a country garden image. So this garden is really attention-grabbing."