THREE teenage artists have helped create a political mural out of recycled car tyres to create a pop art take on the main party leaders.
Raffi Godfrey and Ian Jenkins, both 19, and Hannah Howman, 17, spent four hours piecing together the mural, which features Tory leader David Cameron and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in a bid to remind voters of the importance of recycling.
The trio teamed up with Re-Bound, a company that recycles tyres into rubber chippings, to make the 4m² masterpiece at Blakemere Craft Centre, Sandiway, which will be on display during the election campaign.
Bob Jones, owner of Re-Bound, said: “It is important we keep the green issue high on the agenda during the election.
“The country faces testing times, but it’s vital the commitments we make to protect our environment do not take a back seat while we deal with our economic problems.”
Bob Jones added he hoped the artwork would raise the green issue and increase interest in politics and voting in Cheshire.
“I hope it helps to get young people excited about politics and recycling.
“As a company we do our bit. Under European law, people can no longer send car tyres to landfill sites, which means we have to find alternative ways to dispose of them.
“Unfortunately this means thousands of tyres are simply dumped every year throughout the country.”
Ginny Brooks-White, manager at Blakemere Craft Centre, said: “We’re proud to be involved with this project. Hopefully it will help inspire the young people who see it to take an active interest in politics.”
Connexions would like to make it clear that, contrary to what was reported in last week’s Chronicle, they were not involved in the organisation of this event.