Now here is something to make you smile – this terrific work is the Preston Guild Garden Legacy Mural in Preston, depicting the characters from the immortal Bash Street Kids, who have entertained the readers of the Beano comic for half a century, unveiled by the city’s Lord Mayor on the 27th of November, the birthday of their creator, the great Leo Baxendale. Leo, I am sure, will be delighted but also blushing a little at such attention and praise, but it is no less than he deserves – even the greatest writers and artists in these isles have huge respect and affection for Leo and his wonderful body of work, and much of that work, like the Bash Street Kids, has become embedded into our comics culture, still going today, still being enjoyed by new generations of kids, a terrific legacy for any creator, surely.
Artist Steve Asbury was kind enough to get in touch to tell us about this mural project that he worked on and share some images of his work paying tribute to Leo’s inspiration (click on the images to see them in a much larger size and drink them in). Steve has also been working as an artist in residence at Saint Matthew’s primary in Preston, and for the recent festive season he also worked on creating this superb Bash Stree nativity scene for one of the local churches:
Which was then crafted into this splendid three dimensional nativity scene:
How fabulous are both of these works? And how nice it is to see not only Leo and his work being (justly) celebrated, but to see demonstrated how much of an impact some of that work, some of those comics characters, have had with people. People of Preston, you’ve got a wonderful piece of art there, go and enjoy it. (many thanks to Steve for the info and the images, Bash St Kids created by Leo Baxendale, published by DC Thomson)