NatWest apologises for painting Marcus Rashford mural on house without asking
NatWest has apologised to a homeowner after commissioning a giant mural of Marcus Rashford on the side of his property without his knowledge.
The bank commissioned an artist to paint an advert of the Man Utd star on the building in Brighton to advertise its financial skills scheme for young people.
The advert shows Marcus Rashford now and as a child with the caption: ‘Believe it, Become it.’
Landlord Peter Brynin, 75, said he had no objection to the artwork but was angry the mural was used as an advert for the bank without his knowledge.
He said: ‘Obviously I was quite taken aback.
‘I can’t go up to their bank in Westminster and paint a logo of my business on the side. It would be criminal damage.
‘I am fine with graffiti and murals, but what I don’t want to see it being used for is an advertising space.’
Peter owns the part of the wall where the QR code, information sign and NatWest logo is painted.
He said: ‘It is an art wall. It’s known for that. I have no objection to Rashford, I have no objection to the art, but I do object to an advert where I haven’t been contacted at all.’
NatWest said the space was bought in good faith and were unaware the wall did not belong to just one owner.
Peter added: ‘My back wall is now an advert for NatWest. You’d think they would have had the decency to go ‘Oh, hang on a minute’.
‘Especially after all the fury about the politicians, people have ruined my front door.’
He is scared the advert will attract anti-social behaviour such as graffiti to his back door.
A spokesperson for NatWest said the space had been purchased in ‘good faith’ to showcase a ‘fantastic piece of work from a local artist’.
But the spokesperson claimed the media owner was unaware the part of the wall painted on had changed ownership since it was last used.
The spokesperson added: ‘Obviously, we were keen to make this right and the media owner contacted the property owner immediately to come to a resolution they were happy with.’
As a result of talks with Peter, the mural will remain on the wall until August 20 as originally planned.
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