Street art brings flashes of brilliance to The Kingfisher School building site

Kingfisher School

The brilliant colours of the kingfisher have inspired the street art surrounding a building site at a Bristol primary school.

The Kingfisher School in St Anne’s Park commissioned spray-can artist Henry Barnes to produce the giant paintings. As well as the bird, they feature trees, reflecting the woodland of the neighbouring Nightingale Valley and St Anne’s Woods.

The graffiti-style artwork also displays the school’s values of Respect, Responsibility, Curiosity and Resilience and carries the name of every pupil on roll at the time of its creation early this year.

Henry, who uses the tag Fiver, came up with the designs after consulting the children. They are delighted with the results, which construction company Kier – builders of the new school building – plan to enter in a national competition.

Head girl Rebecca said: “The artwork has got all the names of everyone in the school. It adds another touch and shows we are all together and feel included.”

Head boy Yassim added: “I like that the street art shows the values of The Kingfisher School.”

Principal Kirsteen Craig said: “We are all very proud of what has been achieved. We have had a lot of positive comments from parents, children, staff and neighbours.”

The new building is due to open later this year but the hoardings are likely to remain a little longer while the second phase of work at the Venturers Trust school, involving the demolition of the old school, is completed.

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