By Kent Lawlor – 11th November 2021
A new piece of street art has appeared in the heart of Altrincham depicting the lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry.
The mural can be found on The Causeway, a side street between Stamford New Road and George Street, and the colourful artwork shows three portraits of the iconic musician in red, white and blue.
It was created by renowned Liverpool-based street artist John Culshaw, who is known for his stand-out portraits of famous figures that are found in Liverpool and Manchester.
Mr Culshaw, who lost all use in his right arm in a childhood accident, said: “Doing the Debbie Harry mural was an absolute pleasure.
“Her music is so memorable, and her face is just captivating – I only hope I did her justice.”
Below the three Debbies is the line “Love’s gone behind”, a famous lyric from the Blondie song Heart of Glass, one of the band’s biggest hits.
Mr Culshaw said: “It’s my first time doing a piece like this in Altrincham, although I spend a lot of time in the town with family as my mum lives very close by in Timperley.
“There’s a growing street art scene in the area, which is something to be admired.
“Hopefully, it’ll raise a smile with local residents and perhaps inspire budding artists of all ages.”
The mural is situated at the back of the building occupied by Maguire Family Law and it was commissioned by the law firm’s Founder and Director James Maguire.
He said: “Having recently moved into our Altrincham office, we knew we wanted do something special to the rear of the property to brighten up The Causeway aspect.
“We’ve admired John’s work for some time, and he seemed like the perfect person for the job.”
Mr Maguire explained that after some lively debate of who the mural should portray, Debbie Harry became the clear favourite.
He said: “Not only is she a musical icon, but she also has such an interesting personal story, from being adopted at three months old and surviving a childhood coma caused by pneumonia, to working for the BBC later in life and hanging out with pop artist Andy Warhol – she has such a vibrant spirit.”