Mural of diversity unveiled in Falmouth

Alex Hughes


A heartfelt wall mural has been erected in Falmouth’s Maritime car park in celebration of diversity and difference.

Photography: Alex Hughes

The mural was a community collaboration created by Spectrum, a specialist autism provider, with the aid of artist Marc Craig.

This mural follows the success of Spectrum’s last Falmouth Mural, painted in the tunnel leading to the Church Street car park, which celebrated difference in autism.

Members of the public were asked to submit their ideas of diversity through small, detailed letter boxes painted by Falmouth Iniversity foundation students.

These letter boxes were scattered around Cornwall and Marc took these submissions and painted them in his own interpretation on the wall.

The mural was the brain child of Rachel Brown, Assistant Head of Development at Spectrum.

Speaking about the project she said: “We thought that everyone is different in this day and age and there is a lot of adversity to those who are different, so we wanted to celebrate those people who stand for difference.”

The wall was a hugely collaborative process involving the Maritime Museum, Spectrum, both the universities and Cornwall Council, as well as the many suggestions from the public.

It took Marc four days to paint the entire sixty foot long wall which was split into sections of diversity including religion, race and equality.

He said: “The wall was covered in sad graffiti and it was crying out to be painted over. We got it through the Maritime Museum and followed the tattooing project they are currently running by doing the mural as a giant arm that has been tattooed.”

Marc’s next project will take him to Haiti to paint a mural there with a group of artists.

Reflecting on his experience with this mural he said “it has been a real honour to be connected to so many great people and doing such a wonderful project.”

The wall is a proud celebration of acceptance and difference for the local community, and Spectrum hope to continue their project, doing more art projects across Cornwall to celebrate autism.