“Flamboyant Fawn”, the giant mural of a deer painted by artist Curtis Hylton in Ashford Town Centre (Kent), has been voted globally as the best street art in March 2023 by the world's leading street art platform.
Street Art Cities, who receive daily uploads from over 1200 cities, shortlisted 25 mural entries in March from Australia to Brazil. The final top ten countdown began last week, with the announcement on Bank Holiday Monday that voters from Ashford, and from across the world, had selected the beautiful Bank Street artwork as the very best.
The stunning large-scale artwork on the side of Bucksford Law, in Hylton’s signature style, shows a proud young deer standing in brushland amidst autumnal ferns, curiously watching a nearby pheasant.
Tim Marschang, Co-founder of Street Art Cities said: "Curtis is no stranger, he's a regular on our monthly 'best of ' series and was even nominated for our 'best of 2022' award. Last year we met him in Belfast and since then we've come across his work in many countries. Street Art Cities aims to promote urban art and we see a bunch of new cities are investing in street art and local communities absolutely love it. We've seen it in prior 'best of series' where the locals embrace their street art and vote for their street art with pride."
Chris Dixon, Organiser of Ashford Unframed said: “It is an incredible achievement for Curtis, and for everyone involved in Ashford’s first ever street art festival. We hope this global recognition for the work will act as a catalyst for more people to discover Ashford, and the wider open air gallery created through the Unframed Festival”.
Although the Ashford Unframed Mural Festival, curated by Accent London and The London Mural Company, has come to an end, all of the artworks are to remain in place, and the 18-stop art trail will be able to continue for the foreseeable future.
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