A LOCAL resident and artist Steve Jenkins has brought colour back to Llanelli through his NHS tribute street art. Creating moving pieces of art on buildings such as the Tyisha Food Bank and the South Star Pub, Jenkins has created up to 15 pieces around the town and says he will keep doing them as long as walls are available or he is called back to work.
Steve says this whole project started after a key worker requested some artwork for her garden gate.
“It had such a positive reaction with people on social media that I asked the people that own Bombay bites if I could do another different design on their wall as it was in a really public location and would show appreciation to the NHS workers, who were at the forefront of dealing with the virus at that time.”
From there requests came thick and fast from local businesses and charities, who wanted their own piece of colourful artwork to show their admiration to frontline workers.
One of the more touching pieces that Steve created is on the South Star Pub. This piece was dedicated to Gerallt Davies MBE, who sadly was the first paramedic in Wales to die with Covid-19. Just a year before his death Davies was awarded an MBE for his services to first aid provision in Wales.
Speaking about his artwork Steve said:
“I hope the artwork around Llanelli shows the special people who have kept the wheels turning through all this how much we think of them and gives everyone else positive uplifting thoughts. The murals should be around for some time and will serve as a reminder of what we’ve all been through.”
Steve hopes to expand his work in the future by adding some more artwork on old walls around the town.
“I am still waiting for the council to approach me with available walls but have carried out work for councillors recently I’m so hoping council walls may be available soon. The good thing is that this is only paint so if the wall needs reversing to its former appearance it just gets painted over, so no harm is done in the long run.”
Pics. Aled Roberts photography