A uniquely styled artist whose works have sold for millions of pounds has completed a piece of street art in a new skate park.
Sam Cox, better known in the art world as Mr Doodle, spent three days creating the artwork outside the F51 urban sports park which opened in Folkestone earlier this month.
Mr Doodle at work at the F51 skate park in Folkestone
Featuring his signature free-flowing doodles, the piece holds clues to the purpose of the building, which hosts sports such as skating, rock climbing and boxing.
Mr Doodle said: “I’m really proud to be able to contribute my doodles to such an innovative project in my home county of Kent.
“Part of Doodleworld now exists in Folkestone and I hope the local community will embrace it and enjoy it.”
The work came after Cox was approached by the architectural firm behind the £17million project, Hythe-based Hollaway Studio.
Architect Guy Hollaway said: “Art and architecture together play a vital role in creating positive contributions to our cities and towns. This is the first time that a wall piece has been part of one of our exterior facades.
“Mr. Doodle’s artwork complements the architecture of F51 and provides clues to what the building contains.
“In the doodle you can spot skaters, boxers and rock climbers and the artwork itself ripples like the skate park above. The color complements the crushed metal facade and the orange accents reflect the color of the steel structure of the building.
“It is the perfect example of the collaboration of the architect and the artist to propose a building whose creative culture is expressed from the outset.”
Mr Doodle has already teamed up with the award-winning architects to design a spectacular workspace to be built in the garden of his Tenterden home.
Plans for the studio show an aluminum facade designed “to show off the art that is being created within.”
Inside the building will be a cavernous space where Cox, a former student of Homewood School, can create his giant doodles.
His four-meter piece “Spring” sold for more than $1 million at auction in Tokyo in 2020.