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Mural displayed at Basingstoke shopping centre on 'Blue Monday'

Sian Storey painted the underwater-themed mural. Picture credits: Festival Place

An 'underwater-themed' mural has been unveiled in Festival Place in Basingstoke on 'Blue Monday' (20 January, 2020) which is the third Monday of January and regarded as the 'most depressing day of the year'.

The design, which surrounds the shopping centre's 'hydration station', aims to raise awareness of both mental health and environmental issues.

The two-day live painting experience started on Saturday, 18 January and features a fish, water and blossom design that aims to provide a 'moment of mindfulness' and also encourage people to reuse their water bottles.

Sian Storey created the artwork and she said:

"As an artist I'm very inspired by Japanese art, I think that inspiration is very clear when you look at the piece.

"It's got three large koi carp that are swimming towards the hydration station and it's surrounded by lots of big, beautiful blossoms.

"It's very vibrant, really colourful and brightens up the area nicely."

The hydration station is part of 'Refill initiative', which is in aid of raising awareness of the environment.

(The hydration stations encourages shoppers and visitors to reuse their plastic bottles. Picture credits: Festival Place)

It aims to stop millions of single-use plastic bottles at source every year by offering free water refill stations throughout the UK.


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