Nick â€˜Hammoâ€™ Hamilton painting one of the designs on the GMFRS Parade PumpÂ
A FIRE engine became the canvas for Mancunian street artists to spread the word about a safety campaign.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Serviceâ€™s (GMFRS) parade pump was painted at the Manchester Art Battle on Friday (Oct 14) as part of this yearâ€™s Bonfire Night and Halloween safety campaign Treacle.
Jay Sharples and Nick Hamilton, also known as Hammo, are known for their work painting murals on building across Manchesterâ€™s Northern Quarter.
The artists painted a different message on each side of the parade pump â€“ one wishing people happy Halloween and another asking people to stay safe on Bonfire Night.
The parade pump will be driving around Greater Manchester and at events throughout the autumn, with the artwork on display to highlight the partnership campaign.
The new paintjob was completed at GMFRSâ€™ former home, London Road Fire Station, while artists from across the North West fought it out in the art battle.
Ten artists were given 30 minutes to create a masterpiece with the audience voting for their favourites. All the canvasses created were auctioned off for the Wood Street Mission, a charity supporting homeless people in Manchester.Â Â
Artists Nick Hamilton (left)and Jay Sharples (right) strike a spooky pose by their completed artworkÂ
John Macaulay, who organised the event, said: "It was a massive honour to do the eighth Art Battle Manchester at the beautiful London Road Fire Station.
â€œIt's been derelict for almost 30 years andÂ Mancunians have a lot of love for this beautiful and historic building.Â
â€œThere was a real energy about the art battle eventÂ and when people walked through the front door and sawÂ an actualÂ fire engine getting sprayed up by graffiti artists, we knew we were onto a winner! Thanks to GMFRS for letting us loose on their kit."
Councillor David Acton, Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, added: â€œJay and Nick did a fantastic job painting our parade pump.
â€œManchester has a fantastic art scene and itâ€™s great to get involved with in this way â€“ especially in a building as iconic and significant for us like London Road Fire Station.â€Â
â€œIâ€™m sure the seasonal messages and characters on the side of the pump will cheer everyone up who sees them at events for Halloween and Bonfire Night throughout the autumn.â€
To see more of the artistâ€™s work visit @jaysharplesart and @thehammo on Instagram.
For more information about this yearâ€™s autumn safety campaign Treacle visit www.safe4autumn.com.Â