Bexhill mural unveiled on seafront by Sovereign Light Cafe

An internationally-renowned commercial artist has created a new mural for the Sovereign Light Cafe on Bexhill seafront.
The Bexhill Chamber of Commerce board at the mural SUS-200825-114842001The Bexhill Chamber of Commerce board at the mural SUS-200825-114842001
The Bexhill Chamber of Commerce board at the mural SUS-200825-114842001

The piece features Sid the Octosquid helping clean up polluted seas around the iconic cafe, immortalised in Keane’s hit 2012 single.

The mural was made by Eddie Collinson, who is spectrum colour blind.

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Eddie, who usually travels the world painting street art murals for major international brands, adverts, TV shows and even Hollywood studios, gave his time and talent to Bexhill over the weekend in support of arts social enterprise W.Ave Arts, run by Bexhill Chamber of Commerce board member Carol Cook.

Eddie Collinson by the mural SUS-200825-114830001Eddie Collinson by the mural SUS-200825-114830001
Eddie Collinson by the mural SUS-200825-114830001

Eddie uses a specially designed pallette of paints that allow him to identify colour tones by place names, for example all British place names are reds with London being the darkest and Edinburgh being the lightest.

That way Eddie can visualise by geography rather than sight where a colour is in the spectrum.

Eddie also runs a specialist shop, called ‘Sea Spray’, in Folkestone and works on many initiatives to help disadvantaged young people follow his pathway from the streets into commercial art.

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Bexhill Chamber of Commerce members raised £900 to cover Eddie’s costs and to support his work with young people. The chamber is working with W.Ave Arts to create a series of temporary murals around Bexhill and Sidley by both international and local artists to bring a much-needed lift to the town.

Howard Martin, president of Bexhill Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our chamber strongly believes that dynamic public art can act as a driver for economic regeneration in coastal towns and are very pleased that Sussex Police, Southeastern Rail, Hastings Direct and smaller local companies like Equilibrium Business Solutions and 1066 Motorcycle Training are backing our campaign to bring a smile back to some rather dowdy and neglected buildings.”

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