Street Artist My Dog Sighs and Friends paint Hilsea Lido as part of levelling up Portsmouth, 2023

Local famous street artist, My Dog Sighs and street artist Fark helped the Portsmouth council enlist more than ten other local artists through the Corner Collective to paint the 80-metre-long hoardings around the Hilsea Lido as part of the Hilsea Lines project.

The paint jam took place the last weekend in February and saw artworks representing the area, such as foxes, birds, wildlife, ships and positivity.

The Hilsea lines project represents the levelling-up of Portsmouth, including Hilsea Lido and Foxes Forest and enhancing walking and cycling routes north of the city.

Artists included My Dog Sighs, Fark, Mister Samo, Soak, Mook, Midge, Sadie Tierney, Skank, Gary Stranger, Roo Abrook, Chris Reeves, Sadie Tierney and Matt Dixon.

My Dog Sighs painted his signature style, an eye with a reflection, inspired by a local wildlife photographer’s photo. The mural was painted over his old mural, whereas the reflection was of Sean Connerys visit to the Hilsea Lido …

“For the reflection in the eyes I was kindly given permission to reference a photo of a portsmouth city fox by a young local photographer William wildlife photography who captures a lot of the wildlife around our island city. While maybe not as apt as Sean Connery climbing out of the lido in the 60’s (used for the reflection of the last eye on this wall) I felt the fox represented perfectly the balance of the urban and rural nature of the city.” My Dog Sighs Insta

The levelling-up funding was a joint bid with the International Port to transform Portsmouth’s tourism. The council received £ 8.75 million levelling up funding from the government for better-connected woodland and green space around the Hilsea Lines area, with Hilsea Lido at the heart of the redevelopment.

Photo credit GraffitiStreet



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