Edinburgh locals praise ’empowering’ new colourful street art in Leith

A beautifully bright mural has appeared in the Leith area of Edinburgh.

The bright design was created by Edinburgh-based Mexican artists Eva Paredes and Draya Madu. Nestled in the Coatfield hoardings are down in Leith, the new street art, locals have been wowed by the addition.

The mural is made up of a colourful mosaic style background with a woman in the foreground, with her hair spread around her.

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Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Draya, 44, said: “It took three days to complete, it was a collaboration work with Mexican artist Eva Paredes and I.

“The meaning behind it was a celebration for women’s empowerment.

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The bright design was created by Edinburgh-based Mexican artists Eva Paredes and Draya Madu.

“The deep purple colour symbolises empowerment, dignity, equality and the strength of women’s voices. We based it on a piece of history that symbolises women’s equality originating from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908.

“The hair ties back with all the colours which represents all the dreams, the freedom and the resilience.”

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Draya has been creating mural for the last 20 years and has her street art spread across the city with some in Fountainbridge near the Union Canal, on Maritime Lane in Leith and she was hired to create pieces for private homes.

She added: “The people of Leith were overjoyed to see the mural grace their neighbourhood. We felt very happy to see the people’s reactions as the mural kept evolving. Thank you all you people from Leith, this is our present to the community.”

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