A graffiti artist hopes his painting of Sir David Attenborough on a coastal wall will inspire beach goers to stop leaving their trash by the sea.
Painter Paddy Watts sprayed the 20-foot-tall photo of the famous conservationist near Margate Lido for three days, ending his piece on Sunday.
The 46-year-old Medway man wants the mural to convince more sun seekers to throw their trash in the garbage.
“The mural talks about plastic and pollution and how we generate waste with no regard for what we do with it,” Watts said.
“We’re running out of time. That’s scary.
“When I finished the work on Sunday, the beach was crowded and people were still leaving garbage everywhere.
“If the mural makes a difference for a few people and they start using the bin, then that’s a positive thing. “
The image shows Sir David with an hourglass running out of sand in one hand and a plastic bottle, with the word “naive” in the middle, in the other.
It is accompanied by quotes attributed to the veteran broadcaster and Mr Watts warning of the dangers associated with not respecting the environment.
“Sir David Attenborough is everyone’s hero. He is the greatest ambassador on pollution issues, ”continued Mr. Watts.
“I had a warm reaction from everyone I spoke to – there was no negativity at all.
“I’ll do something else on the Kent coast. It will be spectacular.
Mr Watts says he decided to paint the mural along the coast without receiving a green light from Thanet District Council or an affected landowner.
The local authority has been approached for comment.
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