Secrets of the Solent has commissioned artist ATM to paint a series of six marine-themed artworks at various locations around the Solent to raise awareness of the diversity of life hidden beneath the waves. The latest mural, a harbour seal, is situated on a wall next to the Lord Louis Library in Newport, the county town of the island.
Artist ATM is well-known for his iconic wildlife street art. This, his third artwork of the series, took four days to paint freehand with acrylics and the process was frequently interrupted by inclement weather. The harbour seal was chosen by the local community, who were asked to vote for their favourite Solent species. Participants were given a list of six animals to choose from, with the harbour seal being the overwhelming winner.