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One of Dundee’s largest murals to be painted on side of city tenement

The wall pictured, left, will be the location of the new Dundee mural. Right shows Russel Pepper and a graffiti artists at work in Dundee.

One of Dundee’s largest public murals is to be painted on the side of a tenement block in Stobswell.

The art will be painted on the gable end of a four-storey building on Cardean Street and is being supported by V&A Dundee as part of the one-off 3D Festival to celebrate its opening.

Hillcrest Housing Association, which owns the building, has granted permission for the art work to go ahead.

The design is yet to be decided but the public will get the chance to give their input in a consultation in two weeks time.

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One of Dundee’s largest public murals is set to be painted on Cardean Street

It comes following the launch of the hugely popular Open/Close initiative that has seen hidden wonders, shopfronts and derelict buildings in the city spruced up with colourful artwork.

Russel Pepper, of Open/Close, said the mural should be completed shortly after the new £80 million V&A museum opens.

He said: “It’s hugely exciting. The building is around four stories high so it’s set to be one of the largest in the city.

“To get help with funding is just amazing too. It will be very visible from busy Albert Street.

“The two artists are well known. They’ve completed other work under the Tay Road Bridge and art at Slessor Gardens too.”

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One the second day of the V&A opening 3D Festival on September 15, there will be live graffiti workshops and a mural design event.

The event will be hosted by artists Fraser Gray and Martin McGuinness with participants helping to inform the final design of the permanent mural.

Colin Clement, chairperson of the Stobswell Community Forum, said the mural will be a “real boost” for the area.

He said: “It’s a real standout tenement in full view from Albert Street. Lots of people will see it.

“What we didn’t want to do was just Open/Close 2. We wanted to do something slightly different.

“It will hopefully get more visitors up to Albert Street, getting people to nearby businesses and spending money.

“It will brighten up the area for the people who live there too. The Open/Close guys will discuss ideas with the artists and come up with the right design for it.

Maryfield councillor Lynne Short added: “I’m delighted to see this idea come to fruition.

“I’ll be taking the opportunity to thank the V&A for this gesture, which will take inspiration into reality.”

The public consultation will be held on September 18 and 19 at Arthurstone Community Library.