Wild about our wall art!

The walls of DZG’s new-look car park have been brought to life by a talented street artist who has created an amazing animal mural using spray paint.

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ABOVE – Marvellous mural – Steve Edwards’ artwork is looking grrreat!

webdzg_graffitti_wall_4Contemporary street artist Steve Edwards, pictured left, has spent the last few months planning the animal artwork which is close to completion in the zoo’s newly revamped car park.

It features several DZG favourites across all sections including big cats, reptiles, birds and primates and will be completed in the next couple of weeks.

The artist, aged 41 from Rowley Regis, said: “I’ve only been working with spray paint for four years now so to be approached to take on this project in the zoo car park is just brilliant.

“It’s been a learning curve along the way but I am really happy with how it is looking.”

Steve has been commissioned by Dudley Council’s Borough Artist Steve Field with European funding, as part of the area’s regeneration scheme.

Steve Field said: “Steve is a particularly talented artist and is quite a discovery.

“He is very fond of animals and birds so was ideally suited to this project. He uses car spray cans and it is astonishing how quickly he works.”

Steve Edwards spent the day at Dudley Zoo sketching out the animals he wanted to feature in the mural and set to work spraying just a couple of weeks ago.

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The metal shutters at the back of the chimp enclosure are also going to be painted with a primate picture and the back of the DZG Farm will be brightened up too.

Steve Field said: “The mural does look very impressive and Steve’s faceted or angular drawings really complement the new steel sculptures which have just gone up near the zoo entrance.”

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The artist has just got a new studio at the Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton and his website is graffoflarge.com

Sensational work Steve – Can’t wait to see it all finished!