Nottingham-inspired mural which changes image in different lights to be unveiled at bar opening

Video: A time lapse sneak peak of the mural at Roxy Ball Rooms

A Nottingham-inspired mural which changes colour in different lighting is set to be unveiled at the opening of a new bar in Hockley.

Roxy Ball Room is a bar chain and is opening a Nottingham branch on Thurland Street where people can play table tennis, pool or beer pong.

The bar opens on Friday (October 13) and features a mural in the VIP area inspired by the county’s life and culture as voted for by the people of Nottingham.

Professional street artist Eject, who went from painting illegally on the streets in Leeds to becoming a bar interior designer, created and designed the mural.

He used UV paint so the image changes depending on whether the lights are up or down.

He said: “We have created an image that’s two in one – when you flick the lights off it turns into a night scene that’s a bit wilder with a lot energy.

“We have used UV paint before in our bars but this will be the first piece that gives customers the option to choose between the standard image and the UV added extras.”

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Graffiti artist Eject decorating the mural at Roxy Ball Rooms

Eject said people on Facebook came forward with ideas of what to include within the mural.

He said: “I’ve taken people’s suggestions, compiled a mix of images representing the city and mashed them all together.

“The background is a nod to Sherwood Forest, we have some archery references and of course, a lot of Robin Hood.

“Nottingham is a cool place, I used to come here all the time as a kid to watch a lot of punk gigs – I met Joe Strummer at Rock City when I was 15 years old, so it’s always been quite a warm place to me.

“I’ve always felt like Nottingham is quite a rebellious place and I love that about the city.

“I think the mural captures the city’s personality and I’m really looking forward to seeing people’s reactions.”

Video: Graffiti artist Eject explains what to expect from the mural

Joel Mitchell, brand manager for Roxy Ball Room, said: “Every Roxy Ball Room is tailored to the local area and we try to mirror the city’s identity in all of our bars.

“We want local people to feel like this is their bar and the mural has been a fantastic way for us to connect with our customers before we open on Friday (October 13).

“Eject’s work is fantastic and he’s become a real friend of Roxy, he’s designed artwork for all of our bars and we are so pleased with the finished Nottingham piece.

“I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.”

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