Popular artist Faunagraphic transforms Meersbrook Park pavilion in Sheffield with colourful mural
A stunning mural has been unveiled in Sheffield’s Meersbrook Park thanks to crowdfunding from the local community.
Artist Faunagraphic, otherwise known as Sarah Yates, painted the colourful fox and flowers along the side of Meersbrook Park pavilion.
Community groups and Coun Paul Turpin decided the pavilion needed a mural as it was being repeatedly vandalised and a crowdfunding project was launched to raise money.
Faunagraphic was approached because Sarah has created other beautiful murals in the city based on flora and fauna designs and the community wanted a design with a wildlife theme.
The painting had to be paused during Covid but has now been completed.
How the mural will transform the community pavilion
Coun Turpin said: “There was quite a lot of interest and excitement while Sarah was painting, with lots of people dropping by for a chat, bringing cups of coffee and even sandwiches.
“One local resident took it upon themselves to start a crowdfunder to raise money for anti-vandal paint and closed the crowdfunder after a few hours as they’d achieved more than was required.
“It’s been a long time coming as the pandemic meant restrictions at the pavilion stopped the work from going ahead but Meersbrook Park After School Club and Meersbrook Playcentre have been excellent and are delighted with the finished design.
“Half the money was donated by the facilities department in the council and the rest was raised by crowdfunding from local people and a play day at the pavilion.”
Coun Turpin said the pavilion was used every day by school clubs, craft groups, yoga classes and for children’s birthday parties.
He added: “It’s quite an old building, quite tired, and a few years ago the council were talking about knocking it down but we wanted to renovate it.
“There’s a big gable end wall which was repeatedly covered in graffiti so we wanted to get a really nice big mural on there.
“We love this building, it’s a fantastic landmark and now has an amazing backdrop. Thank you to everyone who donated to the crowdfunder.”