Stevenage's Banksy brings another community mural to town's underpasses

Mark Tanti - known as Demograffix - is a professional graffiti artist from Stevenage

Mark Tanti - known as Demograffix - is a professional graffiti artist from Stevenage, who also enjoys painting in his free time, and enjoys producing artwork for all to enjoy - Credit: Mark Tanti

A graffiti artist has put the final touches to another community mural, adding a splash of colour to a once dreary Stevenage underpass.

With the blessing of Herts Highways, Mark Tanti - more commonly known by his tag Demograffix - was determined to brighten up Stevenage's underpass network with family friendly art, and to bring joy to those who pass by.

Mark Tanti - also known as Demograffix - adding the final details to the Peter Pan underpass mural in Stevenage

Mark Tanti - also known as Demograffix - is pictured here adding the final details to the Peter Pan underpass mural in Stevenage - Credit: Branko Vranjkovic

Inspired by the 1953 Disney animated classic Peter Pan, Mark got to work spray painting the entire tunnel - which connects Asda to the police station - blue, before sketching out his pre-approved design, bursting with characters and motifs from the film.

"I'm using Disney-related characters to appeal to young kids and families, and to make the place feel safer and friendly," Mark told the Comet.

Doing all the character work himself, Mark enlisted the help of some friends and fellow street artists to complete the wording and wider details of the mammoth mural.

Demograffix's mural in Stevenage is packed with colour and family-friendly Disney designs

Demograffix's mural in Stevenage is packed with colour and family-friendly Disney designs - Credit: Branko Vranjkovic


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The project, which took Mark and his team of volunteers a week to complete, is a voluntary piece for the people of Stevenage, with Mark donating his time and materials for the project.

"Although I'm a graffiti artist by trade - I do people's bedrooms, restaurants, businesses - as a hobby I like to paint regularly, and it's just nice to be able to do it in the town that I live in and to get recognition for it."

The Disney animated classic Peter Pan was the inspiration for Demograffix's latest Stevenage underpass mural

The Disney animated classic Peter Pan was the inspiration for Demograffix's latest Stevenage underpass mural - Credit: Branko Vranjkovic

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Residents may also recognise Mark's Demograffix work on other Stevenage-based murals, including his Land Before Time and Sword in the Stone pieces, which brighten up the busy Monkswood Way area of town.

Stating his reasons for taking on the challenge of designing and painting the decorative pieces, Mark said he does it so there's artwork readily accessible for the community to enjoy: "I often get families walking through, saying how much they love it," he said.

Characters from the 1953 Disney classic Peter Pan adorn the walls of the subway that links Asda to Stevenage Police Station

Characters from the 1953 Disney classic Peter Pan adorn the walls of the subway that links Asda to Stevenage Police Station - Credit: Mark Tanti

Determined to turn the town’s dreary underpasses into public art galleries, Mark is appealing for people to support his community projects.

"It's a prime spot there, but I'm aiming to do some other works around.

Mark's Demograffix artwork for the people of Stevenage is entirely voluntary

Mark's Demograffix artwork for the people of Stevenage is entirely voluntary, with those who enjoy his work now able to contribute to his GoFundMe to help finance the projects - Credit: Mark Tanti

"I've got some stuff up in the St Nicholas area, but we're going to take it around Stevenage and turn the highways into a public gallery of artwork."

To help to continue bringing family-friendly street art to Stevenage and other towns in Herts, Demograffix has set up a GoFundMe to support his work and fund his material costs.

Stevenage-based graffiti artist Mark said "I often get families walking through, saying how much they love it."

Stevenage-based graffiti artist Mark said "I often get families walking through, saying how much they love it." - Credit: Mark Tanti

To view more of Mark's Demograffix work, visit his website and Instagram page.

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