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Saturday 25 June 2022

Wordsworth Poem Inspires Brighton Artist's Mural @ Site Of Regeneration Of Hove Neighbourhood

Brighton artist Tom Diamantopoulo has revealed his mural inspired by the regeneration of the local area at a new development in Hove. 

Tom's work combines an exploration of the positive transformation that Hove has seen over the years, with words from the poem Daffodils, by Wordsworth, giving a nod to nearby Poet's Corner.
 
This piece will form part of a rolling exhibition of murals by local artists during the course of the regeneration of Sackville Road Trading Estate.
 
Tom said: 

"My thinking for using these themes is that the area and local community has gone through quite a few positive transformations over the years and has gradually grown and flourished, so I wanted to reflect this in my design."
 
Tom explained around 15 years ago, this area of Hove had been viewed locally as run down. 

With the hard work of local residents, today it is a vibrant and happy community with creative hubs and dotted with small workshops and businesses, as well as a bright future for the area around Hove Station.

 
The mural also takes inspiration from nearby Wordsworth Street in Hove and the second verse of the poem Daffodils which reads:
 
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line 
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance, 
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
 
Tom added: 

"This poem reflects the themes of the mural and the community. The verse of the poem is describing daffodils, which are a mark of spring, the time of year when nature having survived winter, is now rejuvenating, blossoming and growing again. 

"For me this reflects the transformations that the local area and community has been going through in recent years.
 
"I like to think that this verse can also be seen to be about people, perhaps the residents within the community, who revived the area years ago or even about the local area that is thriving now."
 
Tom Diamantopoulo started his career as a songwriter and musician in the influential band The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, releasing three albums and touring the UK, Europe and America, before deciding to focus on his passion for art. 
 
His work features large abstract shapes rooted in colourism and expressionism. 

Tom, who works out of his studio in Brighton, was born colour blind but loves working with bold and bright colours and textures and his work features on the exterior of Franco Manca in North Street. 

His father Pierre Diamantopoulo is the sculptor behind Flight of the Langoustine, which will be the second sculpture for Hove Plinth. 
  
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by: Mike Cobley




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