A Dundee art project is vying to become the longest graffiti wall in the UK, after work started on it at the weekend.
The boundary wall of Lochee United’s home ground, Thomson Park, is being painted by local artist Symon Mathieson.
The first piece – a picture depicting the founders of the club and the opening of the park, alongside the club crest – was completed on Saturday on the stretch of wall, which is in Liff Road.
Further paintings, including the Lochee multis, jute mills and quarries, will be added over time.
The project was launched by Save Our Lochee High Street, which managed to get Symon on board.
Symon, 39, who runs SYKE Graffiti Art, said: “I noticed a post on Facebook by the group asking for an artist to get involved.
“We got the funding through from the Lochee Regeneration Fund for the materials and that’s it started.
“The club was approached and were immediately enthusiastic.
“They have since spoken to local historians who have given ideas for what can be included but everything, obviously, will be related to Lochee somehow. I’m also trying to get some local youth groups or schools involved to help me out.
“It will have a very local feel, which is fantastic.
“Legal spots for artists like this are a good thing because they stop people doing it elsewhere, so I think more of them should be encouraged throughout Dundee.”
Marc Stanton, Lochee United club secretary, said: “We were approached by the Lochee Regeneration Forum and were immediately happy to come on board.
“Symon is doing the work for free which is excellent. Graffiti art is a big thing across the world now.
“The first part is the founding of the club by the then-Rangers captain George Young, Dundee manager Willie Thornton and Napper Thomson, a local businessman who was instrumental in getting Lochee United into the ground at Thomson Park. That’s alongside the club crest.
“Pieces depicting Cox’s jute mill, the local quarries and the Boys’ Brigade are all planned.
“We were told by Save Our Lochee High Street that the wall, which is about 150m, could be the longest graffiti wall in the UK.”