Hightown Housing Association has brought a view of the countryside to new residents at Lintone Place in Luton with a nature and bird themed street art makeover.

Lintone Place includes 53 apartments for rent to people in housing need on Luton Borough Council’s waiting list and 16 apartments for shared ownership. The site is located on Holly Street in central Luton, close to The Mall Luton and the train station. This is one of several projects where Hightown has purchased the land directly and let a contract to build the homes.

Hightown Housing Association asked Aimi Rix, a Luton-based mural specialist, and her team (Mark Tanti and Sharon Mitchell) to create a colourful reflection of Barton Hills, the local nature reserve, in the courtyard. Inspiration for the artwork was also taken from the names of each apartment block in the development: Starling, Swift and Dove. The mural was created for the residents of Lintone Place to bring an element of nature to the urban community.

Aimi Rix said:

“It has been brilliant to work with Hightown to bring a colourful countryside scene to this community housing space. To meet the challenge of creating this mural outside in cold and damp weather in just two weeks, we used quick drying spray paint.”

Aimi Rix is a Luton based artist with over 20 years of experience. Aimi has most recently been working on community ventures in the Marsh Farm area of Luton, specifically on the tunnels and underpasses.

Mark Tanti, spray paint specialist at Demograffix said:

“Residents told us during our time here just how much they’ve enjoyed seeing it develop into the finished piece. It seems like they have really appreciated the colour that has been added to the communal area, and are happy to look out at it from their windows.”

Lintone Place resident, Melony Chin-ah-sang, said:

“The artwork outside is beautiful. My favourite bird, the Red Kite, is featured in the centre of it. You see so many Red Kites in Luton now, and I see them as a blessing when I spot one. When I moved in and saw that on the wall, I saw it as a good sign that this will be a beautiful home for me and my son.”