The £2,000 King Charles mural of the cash-strapped councilor is derided by locals
A local authority has been mocked for spending nearly £2,000 on a mural of King Charles III that has been compared to a Spitting Image doll.
The street art was erected on construction fences in Northampton city center to mark the accession of the new king.
The colorful mural features images of King Charles and the late Queen and was commissioned by Northampton City Council. But after its unveiling, residents quickly scoffed at the graffiti’s resemblance to his subject.
It’s not the first time a royal mural has caused hilarity. In 2017, a floral tribute to Princess Diana in Chesterfield, Derbyshire went viral after being branded “nightmarish” and “downright disgusting” by locals.
While elsewhere, a mural of the Queen in Hounslow was toasted for its accuracy last September.
Northampton City Council has been mocked for spending almost £2,000 on a mural of King Charles III that has been compared to a Spitting Image doll
The colorful mural features images of King Charles and the late Queen, but some locals have reportedly snapped selfies alongside with laughter
One local believed Northampton’s tribute to the king looked more like a Spitting Image doll, another said it seemed like he’d “been on the Scotch”, while a third thought both portraits would “scare kids”.
Neighbor Kerry Bellingham, 33, who lives nearby, said: “Undoubtedly the area needed a little bit of colour, but I’m afraid it made a bit of a laughingstock of us.
“The Queen’s isn’t that bad, but I’ve seen people take selfies with Charles’s while laughing their heads off.
‘It just doesn’t look like him. The eyes are oddly too close together, his hair is all wrong, and it’s only his ears that really tell you it’s him.
“I think the money could have been much better spent elsewhere in the city. I’m far from being anti-royal, but it’s just an awful resemblance to our king.’
Another local said: “Let’s face it, it’s not the best painting in the world.
“I don’t agree with the money being spent on it, I think there are better things to spend money on at a time like this.
Do you find the resemblance? The ruddy face mural (left) was erected on site fences to commemorate King Charles III’s accession to the throne. to mark
“It’s also on a wooden board which is deteriorating, if they wanted to do it they should have done well and put it somewhere more permanent.”
Other residents took to social media, where one web user said it was hard to tell who the person painted next to the late Queen was.
Anthony Mackintosh said on Facebook: “Fair play for the hard work but without the Queen no one would know who Charles was.”
Tina Crawford said: “King Charles looks more like his spitting image, I’m afraid.”
Harvey Ward joked, “Looks like Charlie was drinking Scotch.”
A floral tribute in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death became a news sensation because of her “nightmarish” face
The Chesterfield Diana became an infamous city center attraction
A larger than life painting of the late Queen Elizabeth in Hounslow has been mocked on social media
The Northampton mural cost £1,720 to create and was funded by Northampton Councilor Nazim Choudary through a Councilor Community Fund
And Mark Jacques raged: “What a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“There are many other things that money could have been used for to help people.”
Another person said it was “disgusting” that the taxpayer had to contribute to a mural that didn’t look like the royals.
Midsummer Butler said: “A disgusting amount to pay for it.
“They are certainly not portraits because they do not resemble either the late Queen or the King. More like caricatures.’
Charles Overblack added, “These portraits will scare the kids.”
The mural cost £1,720 to create and was funded by Northampton Councilor Nazim Choudary through a Councilor Community Fund.
It was designed by two artists named Liam Freeman and Mez White of Spraycatz to commemorate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and look to the future king.
Councilor Jane Birch said: “With the accession of King Charles III. A new chapter in our monarchy begins and the City Council felt it appropriate to mark such a historic occasion with a visual tribute to our past and future monarchs in the form of this mural.’
The King’s County Representative, Lord Lieutenant James Saunders Watson Esq, said: “I am delighted that the City Council has chosen this mural to commemorate the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of King Charles III. commissioned.”
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