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Ashford's stag mural nominated for "Best Mural in the World 2023"

Published: 22/01/2024
Stag mural on Bank Street, Ashford

“Flamboyant Fawn”, the giant mural of a stag painted by artist Curtis Hylton in Ashford Town Centre (Kent), has been nominated for the Best Street Art in the World Award, via Street Art Cities.  

Street Art Cities, who receive daily uploads from over 1200 cities, announced their shortlist for the Best Street Art in the World for 2023 this week, with entries from Brazil, Portugal, Hong Kong and more. 

Ashford's stag won the "Best in March" category last year, so it would be an incredibly accolade to win the "Best in the World". The stunning large-scale artwork on the side of Bucksford Law, in Hylton’s signature style, shows a proud young stag 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”.

The Ashford Unframed Mural Festival, curated by Accent London and The London Mural Company, ran throughout April 2023 and saw 18 pieces of street art create a mural trail around the town centre. The majority of the pieces are still in situ and the trail map is still available via loveashford.com

To vote for the stag mural to win this award, please visit Street Art Cities website! 

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