British woman paints houses in run-down neighborhoods to brighten up town

British painter Tash Frootko is painting houses in all the colors of the rainbow in her new hometown of Gloucester as part of a project to bring the town to life.

Tash Frootko started this journey 4 years ago. Forget painting the town red, Frootko is out for the whole rainbow, and apparently the locals are enthralled by his efforts to brighten up the town. Although it reminds me of the rainbow in Prince Alfred Park in Sydney, the colors will perfectly complement the gray of a cold British day or a sunny day.

Talk to SWNSRainbow House founder Frootko said of the residential backlash: “People will now call this part of town Rainbow Square, and it’s the most colorful square in the country.”

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She continued: “The response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive. All generations and all cultures appreciate what I do and ask me to continue and transform the run-down parts of the city that people tend to have a negative opinion about.

“It is such an honor to improve the appearance of the city for its residents and visitors. Everyone deserves to live in a wonderful environment and to love where they live.

The painter moved to Gloucester over 20 years ago and has not left. While there is always local pride in one’s hometown, sometimes a stranger can breathe new life, or in this case, color.

While Frootko became known for creating the rainbow street, on St Mark St, it is now with its partners at Rainbow House that it is doing even better. Throughout this month, she and her team will paint 25 houses on three adjacent streets to create a rainbow square.

His goal is to make his rainbow a tourist attraction. “I see Gloucester as a huge blank canvas…and I see potential in everything,” she says.

Thanks to Rainbow House, this canvas will only get bigger and more colourful. The rainbow doesn’t have to end.

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