As part of the Bournemouth Air Festival, The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) commissioned local urban artist Soap, to create a large-scale mural in memorial of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, the courageous Red Arrows pilot who tragically lost his life while completing a display at the Air Festival last year.

The result is a 20 foot wide portrait of Jon and the Red Arrows in full flight that will take centre stage at the Red Ball (in aid of the Jon Egging trust) on Friday night.

The mural was commissioned by the AUB, a specialist Arts University who wanted to support the Air Festival in a way that reflected its passion in the arts, and the ethos behind the Jon Egging Trust. The Jon Egging Trust, a charity set up in memory of Jon to provide young people with new opportunities to help them achieve their potential was something that resonated with the AUB, who nurtures young creative talent to progression within the creative industries.

Urban artist Adam Klodzinski, known as Soap, was chosen to paint the mural following a collaborative year working with the AUB. Soap, who has been making a name for himself in the urban art world for over 15 years, has created portraits of a number of high-profile celebrities, but was honoured to create a mural in memory of Jon Egging.

Simon Pride, Head of Marketing at the AUB commented “We felt that the best way for us, as an Arts school, to support the Festival and the work of the Trust was to use art to reflect the enormous affection and respect that local people have for Jon Egging and the Jon Egging Trust.”

The mural, which took a week to create, is accompanied with a time lapse ‘making-of’ video which is being screened during the Air Festival.  The video is currently available to view on the AUB Youtube Channel