Rashford's mural

A new way to check out Rashford's mural

Friday 15 October 2021 10:58

Fans from across the globe are now able to enjoy Marcus Rashford's mural in Withington in all its glory.

The famous artwork, which appears on the walls of Coffee House Cafe on Copson Street, was first painted last year by street artist Akse P19, in recognition of Marcus's stellar work to help tackle food poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It took on new meaning in July as, after being vandalised following Rashford's penalty miss in the final of Euro 2020, locals posted colourful messages of support to our no.10.

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The Withington portrait was vandalised, but fans quickly posted messages of love and support to our homegrown hero.

The love shown to Marcus, and his England team-mates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, in the aftermath of the incident was truly uplifting to see and the mural, with its accompanying messages, will be available to see in close-up on Google's Street View platform.

The software giant has collaborated with the Manchester Art Gallery, Central Library’s Archives department, the People’s History Museum, the National Football Museum, the University of Manchester, and Withington Walls for the project.

It is one of the exhibits in the Black and British Hub, which celebrates black art and history in the UK as part of Black History Month.

Rashford said: “I’ve often felt that discrimination stems from a lack of education and a reservation to just ask questions and gain an understanding.

“We too often hush up children when their curiosity emerges in uncomfortable settings but, much of the time, bias can be countered by that ability to get that curiosity off your chest.

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Marcus attended a special ceremony at Old Trafford to recognise his charity work.

“It’s important that we open up these forums for children particularly, so that moving forward differences can be celebrated and championed, as opposed to singled out negatively and I’m happy to see Google taking the lead on this.”

Rashford’s mural, and other celebrations of black history, art and culture are available to view on Google’s Black and British Hub.

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