A 50m-wide Peaky Blinders mural has been unveiled outside New Street Station in Birmingham, a day after the show’s final episode aired.
Tommy Shelby’s (Cillian Murphy) fate came to a captivating end last night, as he killed Michael Gray (Finn Cole) before going on to discover that he wasn’t sick with terminal tuberculosis thanks to a supernatural intervention, involving a vision of his dead daughter.
In the lead up to the final moments, the protagonist learned that Dr Holford (Aneurin Barnard) had joined forces with Oswald Mosley and Hitler to trick him into believing he only had months left to live.
Tommy confronted the doctor and considered taking revenge, but ended up lowering his pistol and riding his horse into the distance, while his gypsy caravan burned as if it were a funeral pyre.
While fans may have to wait for the promised film that is set to follow last night’s finale, a trip to Birmingham may satisfy all their needs, and raise some money for charity too.
The mural, which has been created from original oil paintings, features Tommy, Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory) and other main stars of the hit BBC One drama.
Adorning the walls outside New Street Station, the enchanting artwork is raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, with every hashtagged picture of the art installation leading to £1 raised for the hospital, donated by the Castle Fine Art gallery group.
Viewers are encouraged to share a picture on social media, using the hashtag #Brum4BCH and tagging Castle Galleries.
The installation was created by Birmingham artists Jon Jones, who began working on the mural last month.
Jon worked with the West Midlands Police Museum to explore the criminal underworld of Peaky Blinders, understanding the history of 19th century Birmingham and presenting it through his haunting paintings.
Jon said: ‘I love this city and I am proud to be a Brummie. I have had some amazing moments as an artist but to have my work exhibited on the streets of Birmingham, where it will be seen by so many people , leaves me speechless.
‘Especially as the paintings are based on characters by the unbelievably talented and creative Steven Knight, a fellow proud Birmingham lad who has put Birmingham on the map. It also fills me with immense pride that it will raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
‘An institution that helps and supports so many families in our city.’
The Birmingham-born writer who created the world of Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight said: ‘I am incredibly proud and honoured that Peaky Blinders has been woven into the tapestry of our great city in such a vivid and brilliant way.
‘I hope people will come from far and wide to take their photos and help such a deserving Birmingham cause.
‘From now on in Brum, every blank wall should be seen as an opportunity for art.’
The incredible installation follows the mural unveiled when BBC announced the release date of series 6, featuring Tommy in his iconic cap as well as the BBC and iPlayer logo, the show’s title and the announcement that the final series would air on February 27.
Revealed in mid-February, it was created by street artist Akse and was painted on the Old Crown in the Digbeth area of the city, where the show is set.
Peaky Blinders can be watched on BBCiPlayer, and more information about the charity can be found here.