Renowned graffiti artist brightens up Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 11:56 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 13 March 2018

The graffiti by Otto Schade on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.

The graffiti by Otto Schade on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.

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An internationally renowned graffiti artist has brought a spark back to the former Shredded Wheat site in Welwyn Garden City.

The graffiti by Otto Schade on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied. The graffiti by Otto Schade on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.

Otto Schade, was invited by ZM Land & Capital to bring some excitement and colour to the proposed Wheat Quarter development.

Mr Schade painted the pieces on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory.

While he was creating his signature art, he took time out to meet local media studies students from Oaklands College.

Schade is originally from Chile and studied as an architect before applying his creativity on to buildings rather than designing them.

The graffiti by Otto Schade on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.The graffiti by Otto Schade on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.

He chose to become a graffiti or street artist to bring art to the public, making it more accessible to all.

Mr Schade is heavily influenced by surreal and abstract art and his work can be seen all over the world from the US to Kenya, Japan, China, many parts of Europe and now Welwyn Garden City.

Mr Schade said: “With my art I am always searching for something different.

“The tanks on this site really appealed to me because of the scale I could achieve.

The graffiti by Otto Schade on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied. The graffiti by Otto Schade on the water tanks adjacent to the old Shredded Wheat factory, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.

“It’s an iconic site and I’m excited to be able to kick off the guys’ ambitious plans for public art.”

John West, a director at ZM Land & Capital, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Otto to become part of the Shredded Wheat Quarter Art vision.

“As we continue to discuss the project with the council, we look forward to the Wheat Quarter playing its part in a 21st century Welwyn Garden City.”

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