BOSCOMBE is to receive another splash of colour, as the town’s newest 12-metre-high mural nears completion.

The mural, located on Ashley Road, has been created by local artist Krishna Malla, commonly known as Technicolour Moon and funded by the £1 million accelerated Town Deal grant for the Bournemouth area.

The new mural is one of five planned for the Boscombe area and it is hoped it will “add a splash more creativity” to the area.

A spokesman from BCP Council said: “The brightly coloured and stand out mural in Boscombe is just a small but fun and impactful step in our major plans to regenerate and develop the Boscombe area.

“We can't wait to see the finished piece of art, due to be completed at the end of the summer.

“With the mural being one of five planned, the impressive visual works will add a splash more creativity to Boscombe, helping enable our vision of the area being a vibrant and attractive urban neighbourhood for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

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Tech Moon has provided other artwork in the town including the herd of elephants on the pedestrianised area of Christchurch Road and the large Dachshund located next to McDonald’s.

He said: “This piece was organised by the guys behind the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe festival (BEAF) and is the first of a series of murals which are about to decorate Boscombe.

“They approached me to help curate this year’s street art side of the festival and I have bought in a few of my favourite artists, as well as my own wall which is this one.”

Bournemouth Echo: The new owl mural in Boscombe by Technicolour Moon, commissioned as part of the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe festival. Photo from BCP Council

The mural, which stands at 12.5 meters high, has taken three weeks to paint, using around 75 cans of paint, plus 30 litres emulsion to prime it.

The owl is significant to Boscombe’s history as it represents the Boscombe Owl – an owl that has taken refuge in Boscombe Gardens.

Another owl can be seen living along Boscombe cliff and Overcliff, according to ornithologist Jonathan McGowan, from the Bournemouth Natural Science Society.

The scaffolding around the mural was taken down yesterday and it is hoped the artwork will be completed by Monday June 21.