Taking inspiration from the city’s renowned Burmantofts pottery, the mural ‘ECHOES’ includes redesigned patterns from tiles that can be seen at some of Leeds’ most esteemed institutions – including Leeds Central Library, Leeds Town Hall, University of Leeds, and Leeds Grand Theatre. By combining traditional decorative elements with contemporary designs, Add Fuel, on closer inspection, reveals a detailed world of unique images and characters – brimming with unequivocally original motifs and characters with deep emotions.

‘ECHOES’ – commissioned as part of LEEDS 2023, the city’s Year of Culture – is the latest in East Street Arts’ award-winning ‘A City Less Grey’ series which brings new and unique artwork to the streets and neighbourhoods of Leeds. Add Fuel’s artwork sits alongside pieces across the city including: the epic ‘Athena Rising’ mural on the Platform building near Leeds Train Station by NOMAD Clan; Ian Kirkpatrick’s ‘Hare of Harehills’ outside The Compton Centre; and ‘Common Ground’ by Mel Holmes at the old ABC cinema site on Vicar Lane.

Leeds City Council has provided funding and support to aid the regeneration of Mabgate, helping to create a sense of identity and provide an improved visitor experience to the area.

Add Fuel said “The rich Burmantofts history and catalogue present in the city was the starting point and main inspiration for this public art piece. I work through research, reevaluation, redesign and recreation, so for me it was a pleasure to work and rework the rich immense cultural patrimony. My intent is the creation of something truly unique but also truly familiar to the community. An echo of the past living vividly in the present.”

Shazia Bibi, Programme Producer at East Street Arts, said: “Add Fuel’s approach to working with sites, communities and heritage presents a unique opportunity to bring together Mabgate’s rich tapestry of histories and cultures through public art that transforms a major site in our neighbourhood. Add Fuel is known for creating symmetrical art which plays with the visuals of interpretation, it makes the viewer think more about what is on view due to layered patterns. This piece has been inspired by different tiles from Leeds as well as an infused redesign of Persian tiles, giving it a blend of illusions from East and West.” 

Created on March 27, 2023
58 Mabgate, Leeds LS9 7DZ, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Hunted by Tim.
Pictures by Doug Gillen.

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Date created2023-03-27T22:00:00.000Z
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CountryUnited Kingdom