Mural of Rob Burrow in Leeds city centre nears completion

A mural of Rob Burrow is set to be completed in Leeds city centre later this week.

The wall painting by northern street artist ‘Akse’ will be displayed on the side of Leeds Beckett University’s Student Union off Woodhouse Lane.

The background to the mural has been created by Leeds artist Kieran Hartley of Third Eye Signs.

The idea of the mural came from collaboration between Leeds City Council, Leeds Rhinos and the BBC. The mural has been commissioned in recognition of Burrow’s stellar career and his bravery in tackling motor neurone disease and his work to raise awareness of the disease.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake said: “The strength and courage which Rob has and continues to show has been incredibly moving and truly inspirational to so many people.

“It has really helped open up conversations around overcoming adversity on so many levels, which feels so relevant this year in particular.

“His selfless mindset, positivity and determination since being diagnosed has resonated with people not just close to home but right across the world. He continues to be an outstanding role model to people of all ages.

“This mural in the city centre is therefore a fitting tribute to him as a person and also marks the tremendous career that he enjoyed at the Rhinos. I would like to thank the BBC, Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Beckett University, the artists involved and everyone associated with this project for their fantastic support in creating this high quality piece of meaningful cultural artwork.”

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