A close-up of the Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester will be available to view on Google Street View in celebration of the Black History Month football player.
The mural, paid for by Withington Walls, a community street art project in Withington, South Manchester, was painted by street artist Aks P19 in recognition of the footballer’s work on tackling child poverty.
It was scrapped after Rashford missed a penalty in England’s loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 tournament.
In the days that followed, it was decorated with messages of love and support for the 23-year-old footballer which are now available for close-up viewing on Google Street View.
It coincides with England’s match against Hungary on Tuesday, whose fans are not allowed to attend after previous incidents of racism.
in SeptemberHungary were fined £158,000 and ordered to play their next matches behind closed doors after fans targeted England players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham with racist chants.
The mural project is in collaboration with the Manchester Art Gallery, the National Football Museum, the University of Manchester and others, and is one of several images celebrating black British culture for Cultural Heritage Month.
Lara Crossley, head of content at the National Football Museum, said: “Over the past eighteen months, Marcus Rashford has shown the remarkable effect that football players can have off the field. When his mural was torn down after Euro 2020, The shower of love and support for the one in South Manchester was breathtaking.”
She continued: “As a football museum located in the heart of Manchester, we are very proud to share Marcus’ story with our partners at Google Arts & Culture and our galleries.”
Mr Rashford is also collaborating with Google onThe more we learn, the closer we become’ search operation, which will also be visible to participants in today’s England vs Hungary game.
On the campaign, Mr. Rashford said: “I have often felt that discrimination stems from a lack of education and reservations just to ask questions and gain understanding. We too often silence children when their curiosity sparks in an uncomfortable setting. But most of the time prejudice can be countered by the ability to get that curiosity off your chest.”
He continued: “It is important that we open these forums specifically to children, to celebrate and support the differences going forward, as has been negatively segregated, and I Glad to see Google is making progress on this.”
Rashford’s murals, and other celebrations of black history, art and culture are available for viewing Google’s Black and British Hub.
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