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Winchester artist has novel idea to brighten shop fronts
IN A struggling economy, empty shop windows can be a depressingly familiar sight.
But artist Luke Taylor is on a mission to turn them from eyesore to eye-catching.
Luke, 31, is the assistant manager of the Post Office on the High Street. He says he had the idea after listening to customers expressing concern at the sight of empty shop fronts in Winchester .
Luke said: “I suggested to them it would be nice to see some artwork in them. Being an artist, I thought about it and I decided I could do it myself.” Luke approached the Brooks Shopping Centre to see if they'd be interested in displaying his work in some vacant units and to his delight they agreed. On Monday (September 10) Luke spent the afternoon transforming drab, empty shop fronts in to a colourful, artistic showcase.
Although he has exhibited his work in public spaces previously, Luke admits that displaying his work in the Brooks was a little daunting. He said: “It's terrifying but also exhilarating and thrilling.
“I had quite an emotional moment earlier when a lady walked past my work today and she stopped and said 'That's lovely. It really brightens the place up.'”