Glasgow East End primary gets 'stunning' mural to brighten up school grounds

An East End school has its own unique and "stunning" mural thanks to the work of a graffiti artist.

St Francis of Assisi Primary School pupils are thrilled with the colourful artwork adorning a wall close to their school entrance in Baillieston.

Artist Andy from Scottish Graffiti Murals has been spray-painting the wildlife themed image since Monday and is nearly finished.

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Headteacher Ciara Henderson said the artwork is inspiring children and helping expand their horizons.

She said: "The school has been buzzing. Some of the children have come out to watch Andy working. It is beautiful and absolutely stunning to look at. It represents the school incredibly well."

Children, parents and local Labour councillor Kevin Lalley are among admirers of the work.

The idea came about after discussions took place about trying to make the school's outdoor space more inspirational, which led to the parent council getting in touch with Andy.

Andy said: "I have started to do forest based murals so put out a call on Instagram looking for a blank wall. It was meant to be."

He enjoys wild camping and has been creating forest themed murals - and his nature based image suited the primary school perfectly.

The image features wolves and other wildlife, which is befitting as St Francis of Assisi is the Catholic patron saint of animals.

A wise owl and a dove, which is on the school's badge have also been featured.

And a special addition was made after pupil Blake, five, asked why "there is no bug."

The request prompted Andy to paint in a "wee" bug to the artwork.

Describing the mural, five-year-old Ivy said: "I think it is fantastic. We have been learning about artists including Vincent Van Gogh."

Taylorjames, nine, explained how the wolves being featured tied in with a story about how St Francis of Assisi had tamed a wolf who was terrifying people in a forest.

Zara, nine, said: "We love animals in our school. It is really nice to look at."

Councillor Lalley said: "This magnificent mural is full of colour and full of life. The animals painted in this mural brings St Francis of Assisi to life as the Patron Saint of animals. The pupils of the school have been involved throughout the project and many other members of the school community have visited to see the work progress."

The Baillieston politician added: "I spoke to the postman and he looked forward to his daily visits to the school to enjoy the changes in colour that greeted him. This mural can be seen on the approach to the school and really brings a fantastic sense of welcome to everyone that enters. The concept of the wild animals and nature in and around the many green trees and grass area enhances the entire school."

Artist Andy is on Instagram@scottishgraffitimurals

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