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Building gets a designer makeover

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Banksy is not the only big name who can draw on walls.

Fashion designer Matthew Williamson has taken a break from conjuring up clothes to lend his artisitic skills to a charity project that sees dull buildings transformed by bold bursts of colour.

In a collaboration between Dulux's Let's Colour project, which donates vibrantly coloured paint to regeneration projects thoughout the world, the designer has allowed his striking Summer 2005 Rainbow print to be splattered across structures in need of some colour.

The Ravensbourne Community Centre in South East London has become the first UK project to be given the designer makeover, going from the dull, uninspiring exterior below...

...to this colourful, welcoming design, below

The eye-catching print will be used in over 200 upcoming Let’s Colour projects, with Lets Colour already brightening up regeneration projects in Paris, Rio De Janeiro, and India.

Williamson said, “I’m continually inspired by nature and the rainbow is one of nature’s greatest optical phenomenons. The sighting of a rainbow never fails to bring a smile to people’s faces. They signify optimism and positivity: with them comes the sunshine after the rain.”

“I’ve only ever used this print as a small-scale repeat on diaphanous silk dresses so I’m very excited to see it translated on to such a large building," he added. "I like the juxtaposition of the urban brick building against the brightly coloured rainbows.”

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Words: Anna Pollitt, Pictures: Let's Colour