Meet the couple whose unusual house artwork is brightening up their street

'Canal house' couple Nick and Megan Underwood posing proudly in front of their newly painted home <i>(Image: SWNS)</i>
'Canal house' couple Nick and Megan Underwood posing proudly in front of their newly painted home (Image: SWNS)

 

The homeowners of the newly painted 'canal house' in Swindon say their neighbours 'love it'.

Nick Underwood, 31, took a leap of faith after seeing local artists painting a mural during the Swindon Paint Fest and commissioned artists to transform the entire front of his home.

Now Nick Underwood's home, which he lives in with his wife Megan, 33, is its own colourful mural, which is a painting of a local historic canal bridge found nearby his home.

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He said: "The bridge in the picture is further up the canal behind the house.

"It used to be a railway bridge, and now it's a cycle path. It symbolises the evolution of Swindon for me and the idea that the town grew because of that canal.

"I knew I wanted a mural on the house as we couldn't get rid of the render on the outside, so this was like a solution.

"Over the past year, I've bumped into about five different artists and would ask them if they would be able to do a mural.

"Then on a Friday night in mid-October, I was driving home and I saw the most amazing mural on a wall in Swindon.

"Thankfully, there was a man still finishing off painting the corner, so I asked if he was interested in being commissioned to do something.

"He was unsure at first, but eventually agreed and it all worked out."

Swindon Advertiser: Nick and Megan Underwood are happy with the mural to a Swindon canal bridge painted on the front of their home
Swindon Advertiser: Nick and Megan Underwood are happy with the mural to a Swindon canal bridge painted on the front of their home

Nick and Megan Underwood are happy with the mural to a Swindon canal bridge painted on the front of their home (Image: SWNS)

The artists, Ed Poster and Mickey Raw, were shown a photograph of the bridge, and set off on painting it on the outside of Nick and Megan's home, which they are currently in the process of renovating.

The real bridge was originally built in 1883, and is known as Skew Bridge because it crossed the canal at a skew. It is now part of the South Swindon Parish Council Green Trail.

Now it's finished, Nick says neighbours and people walking past always recognise the bridge, and love the painting.

He said: "The neighbours opposite but one said they moved their bed in their bedroom so they could see the mural.

"Absolutely everyone walks past it and says 'wow that's the canal bridge'.

"If you walk in the area you'd know it, so it's really nice that people like it and feel connected to it."