The mural of Marcus Rashford in Withington, Manchester was defaced after England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 finals. Locals have since showered the mural in supportive notes to cover up the vandalism.
Notes and drawings with the words “role model”, “wonderful human” and “hero” have been attached to the wall.
But who is the street artist behind the mural of the young football star?
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Who is Akse?
Akse is a street artist and member of the P19 crew, according to his Instagram bio.
Discussing his work, Akse says: “I’m a Street Artist based in Manchester UK and have been painting murals since 1992. I have focused on photo-realistic portraits over the last 15 years.”
“As a Street Artist I aspire to bring inspiration to the local community through the subjects I paint,” Akse continues.
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Akse and the Marcus Rashford mural
The mural was made as part of the Withington Walls Project, a community street art project aiming to reinvigorate the local area. The organisation commissions local artists to paint the shutters and walls in Withington, Manchester.
All the artworks are funded by donations. You can donate to keep the project afloat on their website.
Akse completed the project in just a week, finishing his piece on 10 November 2020. Rashford was chosen as a subject given his connection to the local area – he is from Manchester – and after his success last year campaigning to end child food poverty in the UK.
Akse’s mural of Rashford is located on Moorfield Street on the side of the Coffee House Café.
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How to donate to repair Akse’s mural
Withington Walls have organised a CrowdFunder to repair Akse’s mural of Marcus Rashford. Already, they have reached over £33,000 in donations. This figure is correct as of publication date.
You can check out the CrowdFunder here.
They released an accompanying statement: “The England team may have lost, but they have done us proud on and off the pitch. This team has shown us the nation we can be. They have proved that diversity is our strength.”
“Any additional funds raised beyond the repair costs will likely be spent on funding CCTV coverage, protective paint or further artworks in the village. Any funding raised beyond those needs will be donated to anti-racism and food bank projects,” they concluded.