The red fox on the clifftop
In July 2021, a stunning mural depicting a fox and local flora was unveiled on the clifftops in Holywell, East Sussex, following our community outreach project.
It was designed and created by award-winning street artist Sarah Gillings, who worked with us to rejuvenate a defaced gate at the entrance of one of our water treatment works.
The gate had become a prime target for vandals so residents were asked to vote on what they would like to see painted on it.
Research shows vandals are less likely to target murals and an overwhelming majority of residents decided they would like to see a fox amid some local wildflowers following a community survey.
The gate now features a red fox and some spiked rampion flowers – both of which are native to the local area.
Sarah said: “I’m delighted at how the piece has turned out and the reaction from the local community and the children was absolutely incredible.
“I was so happy at how many people took part in the survey and I hope residents and tourists can enjoy the mural for years to come.”
The mural, which came on the back of a request from a local councillor to remove the unwanted graffiti, was officially unveiled by Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Rodohan.
“This fantastic artwork is something which the entire community can benefit from”, he said Cllr Rodohan.
“It is clear everyone appreciates the mural and I am grateful to South East Water for commissioning this work.”