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Nacho’s festive graffiti brightens up market
6:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A SPANISH graffiti artist was drafted in to transform a miserable-looking unit at Basildon market into a colourful Christmas scene.
Talented Nacho Del Cerro spent just eight hours spraying a festive image on to the shutters of the soon-to-be upmarket Santa's grotto.
Market bosses have decided to go all out this festive season, with the free grotto being decked out with luxurious red velvet, gold painted furniture and crystal chandeliers.
They wanted the shutters to match the elaborate interior of the unit and went on a search for a top artist to make their vision become a reality.
Nacho, who first took up graffiti a decade ago, has spent the past two years working for Birmingham-based firm Graffiti 4 Hire.
He said: “Every day is different for me, I can be working all over the country, in a house, offices or outside somewhere.
I love what I do and want to show it’s not vandalism, graffiti is about art.
“I am really happy with what I have created, and the shutter certainly looks a lot better than when I arrived!”
The posh grotto is due to open on Saturday, November 16.
Children will get a free gift and be able to take home a photograph as a reminder of their time with Santa.
Hans Wusterfeld, head of Basildon Town Centre Management, said: “The grotto was such a big success last year, we decided to go overboard this time around. It’s going to be more like a palace!
“I am absolutely delighted with what Nacho has done.
It’s just what we wanted.
“The grotto is going to look so good, but we wanted it to look nice in the evening as well when the grotto is closed and the shutters are down.
“After Christmas I am even thinking of asking him to do some more artwork in the market because it really just brightens up the area.”
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