Mural finally gets a makeover

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Vandalised artwork by local artist ‘Rocket’ has finally been replaced with a new mural at Sheffield Antiques Quarter.

The impressive original image, depicting a spacewoman holding a badger, was destroyed last October when vandals scrawled across the wall with aerosol spray.

The vandalism, to the Pizza Hut delivery gable end, facing former Abbeydale Picture House, was one in a long line of attacks to artist Rocket’s - real name, Chris Butcher - work across the city.

Antiques Quarter group chair Hendrika Stephens said: “We have managed to replace the Rocket mural that was trashed in the quarter with thanks to the Netheredge ward pot councillors. We feel that the street art in the quarter and the developing art trail can do much to support community cohesion.

“The community was gutted about the targeting of Rocket mural.

“We have no clue about the issues relating to Rocket’s work in the city which sadly has taken such a battering. However we are delighted to have been able to draw a line under this by replacing the mural with thanks to the local councillor ward pot. We are planning lots more art work in the near future and have a Street Art weekend scheduled for Sept 16/17 this year.

“We are also applying for sustainable communities funding for a series of workshops with local schools that are aimed at community cohesion and engagement and tacking asb to include littering as part of our role with the community partnership.

“We also believe that embracing street art in the city adds yet another usp to Sheffield and another great reason to visit

“The response to the guys doing the mural was excellent and, at the same time, we tidied the Picture House car park, put a locked barrier across to stop flytipping, and replanted all the planter boxes with donated plants.”

The new mural, which cost £500 to produce, was created by graffiti artists Trik09, Stog, and Marcus Method.