Nature meets urban: The artist who has transformed a Carlisle alleyway

Martin Evans with his mural of Aira Force. Credit: ITV News / PA

A local artist has combined natural and urban to create a mural of one of Cumbria's well-known waterfalls.

Martin Evans is usually a landscape artist, but he swapped his brush for a can of spray paint to create a large-scale mural in an alleyway in the centre of Carlisle.

It's his first ever street art piece and depicts the cascading waters of Aira Force, near Ulswater, which attracts visitors from all over the world.

Speaking about the work on Devonshire Street, Martin said: "I've worked on one or two larger canvas but to scale it up is a real challenge. I do use spray paints in some of our works already, so I know how to use some of the tools.

"I have painted Aira Force before on a smaller scale and I thought it would be beautiful to upscale as an arch here which will frame it beautifully. It brings a bit of the natural world into Carlisle - into an urban setting."

It's the brainchild gallery owner, Ben Heslop, whose so far arranged for a dozen artists to create around the city and he says anything that can attract people is good - especially now. 

Art can often be solely in a gallery setting and I think people interact with it differently if they find it in a place they're not expecting to see it.

Ben Heslop, Gallery Owner