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    Welsh artist gains cherry picker licence in order to complete giant mural

Welsh artist gains cherry picker licence in order to complete giant mural

1 December 2016 Email this article

A huge winter mural depicting the journey people take to find “warmth, love and compassion” during the winter has gone up on display at the Wales Millennium Centre.

And standing at eight metres wide and five metres tall the painting is so enormous that illustrator Florence Jackson had to get a cherry picker licence in order to complete the painting.

Speaking to Wales Online, the 25-year-old artist, said: “Before I started the painting, I was really worried about how big it had to be.

“I used to wake up at night thinking ‘Oh my god, it’s going to be so big!’

“I had to get a cherry picker licence so I could move around the massive canvas. The funny thing is I can’t even drive - but I now have a licence to drive a cherry picker.”

The painting itself is inspired by stories such as Babushka, Diwali and The Three Wise Men. “Many of these stories contain pilgrimages towards light, love and shelter and the coming together of people from near and far to celebrate the joys of life,” said Florence.