A gigantic Monty Python inspired mural, at the Station pub in Sutton Coldfield, is causing an unexpected sensation both locally and on social media.
A huge ‘hand of god,’ emerging from the clouds points down, encouraging customers to check out the ‘divine’ beer garden below. The impressive piece of art, which covers an entire gable wall, has attracted mass attention from locals and visitors since its completion on 7th June.
General manager Keith said, “We don’t adhere to the norm at the Station, we wanted to do something that stands out and depicts the ethos of the pub. Our staff are always up for having a laugh but we never thought we would get the reception it did, we’re literally famous!”
The Station received planning permission for the mural over a year ago, but made locals wait whilst meticulous design and arrangements were made for the actual painting – including the hire of a cherry picker. The final result, a striking image which has seen people stop dead in their tracks, has generated a massive 80,000 views on Facebook.
The idea began as a simplistic arrow but Keith’s imagination took control and his childhood obsession with Monty Python led to his creative twist. A friend of Keith’s, Chris ‘Okse’ Oxenbury, a freelance artist, turned the idea into reality, designing the mighty mural, which took just one day to paint. All fingers were crossed there wouldn’t be a downpour and luckily it remained dry!
The subject of the design, the beer garden, boasts over 30 tables of seating, a stage and a DJ booth, all of which comes in handy for live music events; and DJ sets every Friday and Saturday night. A popular haunt for locals, it sees everything from the noughties to 2016 and back again.
Keith added, ‘The beer garden is extremely popular, a real asset of the pub, we wanted to make sure people who didn’t know about it, now do!”
The Station, 44 Station St, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands B73 6AT