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Mural unveiled at HM Naval Base Clyde

9 December 2022
HM NAVAL BASE CLYDE has a new centrepiece after graffiti artist “Barry the Cat” paid a visit to the military site.

The interior of HMS Neptune Admin Building – the administrative hub of the Naval .  Base -recently underwent a major refurbishment.  The exterior, however, was a blank canvas and Base Executive Officer, Commander Peter Noblett, saw an opportunity to celebrate HMS Neptune and the Submarine Service.

“During a visit to the Drumfork Community Centre in Helensburgh I was impressed by the large murals that had been painted on many of the walls,” said Commander Noblett.  “I found out that the artist was the highly regarded ‘Barry the Cat’ so I got in touch to discuss options for a new HMS Neptune sign.

“I provided some suggestions for the scene and Barry provided several stunning pieces of artwork, based on ancient statues of Neptune.  The first draft had a Russian submarine in it, but that was easily sorted!”

Glasgow-based artist “Barry the Cat” – real name Barry Jenkins – merged myth, nature, and the Royal Navy’s cutting edge submarines for the final mural which encapsulates the Silent Service. 

It’s probably the most unusual place I have ever painted a mural.

Barry Jenkins

On November 29, sailors, submariners and civilian staff from the Naval Base gathered as Commodore Bob Anstey, Naval Base Commander Clyde, officially unveiled the mural.

Painting on walls for the past 25-years, Barry first became interested in graffiti art in 1986 through his love of hip-hop culture.  His work has brightened up walls throughout Glasgow and the surrounding areas with several local business displaying his artwork on shutters and exterior walls.

“It took me four days to complete the mural,” said Barry the Cat.  “The most difficult part was getting the beard and hair right on the depiction of Neptune.
“It’s probably the most unusual place I have ever painted a mural,” he said. “It was quite daunting coming into the high security base, but the sailors from HMS Neptune looked after me well.”

Commander Peter Noblett continued: “There was also a lot of preparation and other work required.  I’d like to also thank the Babcock team who rendered the wall to create the perfect painting surface, and who upgraded the lighting.”

Following the unveiling, Commodore Anstey also took the opportunity to present Commander Noblett with a second bar to his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, signifying 30-years of Service.

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