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A David Attenborough mural has appeared in Kent – and no one knows why

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Original article from Kent Live

An incredible portrait of Britain's most beloved animal and environmental activist has captured the attention of Margate residents recently.

The framed image of Sir David Attenborough has been spray-painted across the cliff walls at the Lido car park this week and locals have been questioning its meaning.

The artist behind it is Paddy Watts, 46, who spent three days detailing his artwork that has seen Thanet residents stop and stare at the extraordinary sight.

The dad of two from Medway is a number one fan of Mr Attenborough and he hopes to shake the country back into reality when it comes to harmful plastics.

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At least 20ft in height, the framed portrait saw the British icon hold two objects in each of his hands.

In the left hand he held an hourglass with the sand almost completely filtered through into the bottom half of the timer.

In the right hand Mr Attenborough held a plastic bottle that had the word "naive" written across it, which is the mineral water brand Evian, spelt backwards.

"We are screwing the planet up"

KentLive spoke to the artist behind the creation to find out its true meaning.

Paddy said he was inspired to create this piece by "pollution" and "our environment".

He said: "David Attenborough is probably the biggest ambassador that we've all known and grown up with.

"He's our biggest ambassador to have a go at what we're doing as a race and we are screwing the planet up.

"It's just more like stop being a f****** d*** because as a race, different countries, different ways that they pollute, China, USA, you know the biggest polluters.

"They don't do much more than say 'yeah we're going to sort it out' but they never do and it's just the fossil fuels that we're burning, the creation of plastic.

The artist of the painting was inspired by the worldly issues surrounding the use of plastic and how it pollutes out environment

"When plastic was created in the 50s, 60s and 70s, we were like 'yeah this is the brand new product it's this, it's that', we didn't realise how stupid we really were.

"We do need to stop plastic packaging in supermarkets, there's no reason for it other than cost."

Paddy considers Mr Attenborough to be his "hero" and is set to make his way to the activists' home in Gloucester to drop off a gift.

The life-long artist has created a metre sized canvas of this Lido mural for the man we all know from BBC documentaries such as Planet Earth.

Paddy has been an artist since he could pick up a pen and spray can, and has gone on to be invited to art festivals across the world.

Some Thanet residents might recognise that this isn't the only art piece created by Paddy in Kent's coastal area.

His piece on the Star Wars TIE fighter in Broadstairs has left a futuristic impression.

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