This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 24/05/2018.
This could be the most stunning mural yet to appear in Croydon
Electric-City, which is inspired by Tokyo, is a 30ft by 30ft masterpiece.
A stunning new mural has appeared on a wall of a building in Croydon town centre – and the man behind it hopes it will brighten up the area.
Electric-City, which is located on the corner of Park Street, near to the High Street, was unveiled by international street artist Dan Kitchener in the town centre today (Thursday).
The 30ft by 30ft masterpiece was hand spray-painted and took the 43-year-old two and a half days to complete.
Mr Kitchener, who is from Essex but stayed in Croydon while painting the mural, told the Advertiser that he has taken inspiration from the capital of Japan for his latest piece of art.
He said: “I paint a lot of rainy night murals and that is what I am known for I guess.
“I have painted some other murals down the road [also on Park Street] about three years ago, I think, and I wanted to continue that but on a bigger scale.
“It’s based on Tokyo. It’s quite energetic, quite busy and quite positive and it’s trying to brighten the area I suppose.”
Mr Kitchener is thought to have been the first artist to have painted a large-scale mural in Croydon when he did so on Park Street around three years ago.
“I think I was the first,” he said. “It was RISE Gallery inviting me down when they were opening in Croydon and it was about three years ago I think.
“It was on Park Street and the three murals in a row are still there now.
“The street art [scene] has changed for the better here and now there is lots of art.
“There is lots of space for people who are less experienced in painting murals but that gives them the confidence.
“There are also much bigger murals for perhaps people who have a bit more experience so there is quite a lot of street art here.
“It’s good for an area and it brightens it up and generally lifts an area and makes it a much more vibrant place.”
Mr Kitchener has painted murals all over the world, including in Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Cyprus, Canada and Japan.
He often paints to dance tracks on a loop and once stayed up until 3am following the Tokyo Marathon to photograph the neon lights of the city as it rained.
But is he pleased with his latest creation?
“I am really happy with it,” he said.
“Sometimes when I paint things can go wrong, like when it rains it can take longer and that can dampen your spirits a bit but this one went really well.
“I was really into it the whole time and from an art point of view it was exactly how I wanted it to look.
“It was all done by eye and free hand.
“But quite often I adapt a mural and change little bits. I changed this one a little bit to make the picture fit and look a little better.
“I am really happy with it.”