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Luton's new 'emerging from grey' mural painted over in error

Artwork Image copyright Aimi Rix
Image caption The artwork was finished on Friday and repainted over by Sunday

A mural depicting a town "emerging out of the grey" has been painted over with grey paint by mistake.

Artist Aimi Rix is "devastated" after the piece she created in Luton on Friday was painted over on Sunday.

She said the background colour was an "ironic" element of the Arts Council-funded mural, but staff at The Mall shopping centre had misunderstood.

The centre said a communication error left the operational team thinking the artwork was "unauthorised".

It is now due to be re-painted next week.

Image copyright Aimi Rix
Image caption Aimi Rix said the work took "months" to prepare

Ms Rix, from Little Red Creative, said: "I used the grey to represent Luton's grey background and the hand was the artistic hand emerging in a colourful explosion from the grey. "

The piece took "months" to prepare and was located on Church Street, close to St Mary's Church.

"At the time I was absolutely devastated, and The Mall was equally devastated," she said.

Image copyright Aimi Rix
Image caption The Mall staff are now working with Aimi to restore the mural

Roy Greening, general manager for The Mall Luton said: "In an unfortunate turn of events, our operational team, believing this to be unauthorised and acting with [unusual] speed, painted the wall.

"We are of course, sorry this has happened, and are supporting and working with Aimi to rectify things as soon as possible."

Image copyright The Mall
Image caption Little Red Creative previously painted the Feast Street entrance to The Mall

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