South East Wales

Bert Wall, 91, honoured on mural on Cathays street

Bert Wall Image copyright People Around Here
Image caption Wall to wall - Bert and his broom are immortalised on his street

A good neighbour called Mr Wall has had a brush with fame after inspiring a mural on a wall in his Cardiff street, which became a target for vandals.

Bert Wall, 91, has been living on Cranbrook Street, Cathays for over 40 years and has been sweeping it clean every couple of days in that time.

Now life-sized photos of Bert and his broom have been used as part of People Around Here's project.

The £5,000 artwork has replaced the vandals's graffiti.

The project was backed by Tidy Towns.

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Image caption A poem by Mab Jones and a photo of Bert by Dan Green are now on of the wall
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Image caption The 101m-long wall - re-named Wall 101 - is opposite terraced homes and a barrier to a railway line
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Image caption Artists Mark Alexander, Sam Worthington and Helen Bur joined photographer Dan Green to create the mural
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Image caption Local people were involved in meetings and ideas workshops from early this year
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Image caption Fifty volunteers helped artists paint the wall over three days in September
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Image caption The themes reflected the history of the area and the street itself
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Image caption The wall was an eyesore for 20 years but the mural has an anti-graffiti coating

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