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Croydon adds a new mural to its street art scene

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Croydon has been given some extra colour as a huge new piece of street art has been installed on Katharine Street.

The colourful mural, which has been spray-painted onto the office block at the junction with High Street, is called Hometown and shows a woman whose face is made up of colourful bandages.

If you look closer, you’ll notice that the woman has the silhouette of Croydon’s skyline reflected in her eye – complete with The Island, Saffron Square and Upper Norwood’s transmission tower.

The new installation has been created by Chilean artist Otto Schade.

Otto, who has lived in London for 12 years, said: “I love Croydon and I wanted to paint something personal that people in the area can connect with, which is why the reflection in her eye has the Croydon skyline.”

The artist is set to create another mural in the town centre in the near future after being commissioned to create two major artworks by RISE Gallery, in George Street.

At the moment, the location of the second mural as well as details about what it will depict and when it will be painted are being kept a secret.

There are currently more than 100 pieces of street art in Croydon, which have all been put up as part of the Croydon Mural Project, kick-started in 2015 by RISE Gallery’s owner Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison.