Burrill worked together with multidisciplinary studio Bread Collective, street art initiative In Good Company and property business King & Co to bring the mural to life. The first ideas for the piece came in mid-2019, though In Good Company founder and curator Laura Wellington says the design “couldn’t feel more relevant for the current time”.
“From the start, the plan was that this piece will be here for the people of Leeds for centuries, but I think it’s the perfect message of unity to start 2021 – a year when continued connection and community will be so vital,” she explains.
Burrill studied graphic design in Leeds, and says the city left a “powerful imprint” on him and his artistic practice – something he’s been able to pay back with the piece. Its big type and simple message is characteristic of the artist’s work, but does feel particularly resonant in a time when togetherness can feel like a distant concept.
The mural – located at 32-34 The Calls – is the latest project by In Good Company, which has spearheaded several other pieces of public art including work by Morag Myerscough and Mr Penfold.