Nothing rubbish about these Great Yarmouth works of art

Artist Mik Richardson working on the Yarmouth painted skips on the seafront. Photo: Bill Smith Artist Mik Richardson working on the Yarmouth painted skips on the seafront. Photo: Bill Smith

Friday, June 27, 2014
2:15 PM

Skips that have been transformed into works of art could be used for impromptu exhibitions or pop-up pool parties before they go back on the road.

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Artist Mik Richardson working on the Yarmouth painted skips on the seafront. Photo: Bill SmithArtist Mik Richardson working on the Yarmouth painted skips on the seafront. Photo: Bill Smith

Great Yarmouth firm WT Skip Hire Ltd invited Norfolk artist Mik Richardson to decorate two of its skips on the seafront last weekend, giving him carte blanche to come up with designs.

Mr Richardson, who was behind the Freddie Mercury Go Go Gorilla in the Norwich art trail last year, was inspired by his surroundings. He produced four eye-catching designs, one spelling out Welcome to Yarmouth in graffiti-style letters featuring iconic seaside symbols and another depicting the Golden Mile at night.

Mr Richardson, who painted the Cobholm underpass mural and has held art and spray painting workshops with Yarmouth youngsters, said: “There’s nothing better than seeing your artwork in public and hearing people comment when they like it.”

Gary Thurtle, director of WT Skip Hire, said the art installation was a “complete experiment” and he was looking forward to seeing what the people of Yarmouth want to do with the artwork now it’s complete.

Artist Mik Richardson working on the Yarmouth painted skips on the seafront. Photo: Bill SmithArtist Mik Richardson working on the Yarmouth painted skips on the seafront. Photo: Bill Smith

He hopes they are exhibited or rented by members of the public but said eventually both skips will go back to work and be used for routine rubbish clearing.

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