Thursday, 7 December 2017

Magnificent Murals

Murals brighten up our towns and villages.  Some have been painted by professional artists, others by students, self-taught artists or school children. 

A mural celebrating Bridgwater's history was completed in November 2017.  It was painted by local artist Rachel Gundry, with help from local residents.  It is located on the Broadway side of Black Gardens, just to the south of the underpass.

My favourite mural is the one on the side of the Trading Post Shop at Lopen, which incorporates the Railway Carriage Café next door beautifully.  It really seems as if you are looking down a railway platform.  The mural was painted in 2013 by 24 year old local artist Camilla Yuill.

The Trading Post, Lopen

The Trading Post, Railway Carriage Café, Lopen
 
 
Sweep it under the carpet?
Eleos Café, 28 Fire Street, Chard
 
Quarry in the Mendips
I'm not entirely sure what this mural is meant to be of but I thought it was worth a photo.



King Size, Haydon Road,Taunton
I thought for a while it said King Sue but I think it is King Size!
 
The Dolphin Pub, North Street, Wellington

The Dolphin Pub, North Street, Wellington
 
Larger than life otter, Tower Lane, Taunton
 
Weston-Super-Mare has a large number of street art paintings, many of them painted by JPS (aka Jamie Scanlon) and a female street artist called Fawn.  There are so many that Visit Weston have produced an art trail leaflet featuring many of them.  I have yet to visit most of them but here are a few of them:
 
Tabby cat, Weston-Super-Mare

Sonic Boom by JPS, Colonel Stephens Way, Weston-super-Mare
 
Fawn by Fawn, Weston-Super-Mare
Terminator, Scally's Pub, Carlton Street
 
Balloon Girl, Scally's Pub, Carlton Street
 
Better than a Bear Wall, Richmond Street
 
Painted on a Dark Knight
 
Dangermouse - this is tiny and painted at the bottom of a pillar box on Marine Parade
 
 Gogo Girl, Greenfield Place
This painting originally made more sense, as there was a real chain across the front of the shop.  However the shop appears to have closed down.

Cat - in a shelter near Birnbeck Pier
 
Angel, Loves Café, West Street
 
Yoda, Weston Indoor Market, High Street
 
Ewok, Weston Indoor Market High Street
 
Hovercraft, Relish Café & Bar, West Street - this is tiny
 
Welcome to Dismaland, Relish Café & Bar, West Street
 
Relish Café & Bar, West Street - another tiny painting
 
Helicopter, Relish Café & Bar, West Street
 
Upturned police car, High Street
This painting is tiny
 
Corpse Bride, MT Games, Meadow Street

Predator, MT Games, Meadow Street
I wonder if he enjoyed his Costa takeaway coffee? 
 
Freddie Kruger, Burlington Street
 
Dark Wednesday, Cat and Spider at Behind Bars, Meadow Street
 
Spider, Behind Bars, Meadow Street
 
Balloon Girl, Alma Street
 
Tortoise and Pizza, Gloucester Street
 
Students on an Extension Studies course painted a wall in Knightstone Road, Weston-super-Mare in c2011.  The Paintjam Mural is very long and is a beach scene, which features some famous people from Weston-super-Mare e.g. Jeffrey Archer, John Cleese and Roald Dahl's BFG.

Jeffrey Archer and lifeboat on the Paintjam Mural

Paintjam Mural, Knightstone Road

John Cleese on Weston Pier

John Cleese and Jeffrey Archer

Paintjam Mural featuring Roald Dahl's BFG, Weston-Super-Mare
 
Soldier, Banwell

Portishead Lido

Portishead Open Air Swimming Pool
 
Dunster Village, Dunster Underpass

Dunster Castle, Dunster Underpass
 
Giraffic Park Bus Stop, Brean

Giraffic Park Bus Stop, Brean
 
Goddess Hall, Benedict Street, Glastonbury
 
Mural by Faye Suzannah in Beckery Road, Glastonbury

Parish churches of Street and its twin towns Notre Dame de Gravenchon in France and Isny im Allgau in Germany 
 
Map of Street showing places of interest, Leigh Road, Street
 
Clark's shoemaker, Leigh Road, Street
 
Paddington Trust Farm, Glastonbury
 
 
Northload Street, Glastonbury
 
This mural, which features various Glastonbury landmarks and legends, has proved to be very controversial.  In 2015 homeowner Bill Knight commissioned a group of local artists to paint a mural on the side of his house, as he was fed up of graffiti being sprayed on it.  However his house is a listed building and Mendip Council initially refused retrospective planning permission for it, due to its colours, size and style.  3,500 people signed a petition asking for it to be allowed to stay and in August 2016 the council agreed that it could remain there for two years, after which time the case will be reviewed.  I like it: it is very Glastonbury!
 
In 2016 the grey concrete harbour wall of Watchet's Old Mineral Yard Car Park was brightened up with a giant mural depicting scenes from Watchet's history.  Watchet Arts Group had applied for a £21,000 grant from the Hinkley Point Community Impact Mitigation Fund to transform the harbour wall in to a heritage mural. but their application was turned down, so they invited self-taught local artist Pat Dennis to paint it.  The mural is 5 metres high and 30 metres long. The idea for the mural came from the late Tim Prior, who was formerly chairman of Watchet Arts Group.
 
Watchet Arts Group - Harbour Wall Mural
 
Railway at Watchet
 
Under sea creatures
 
St Decuman's Church, the Domesday Book and the Vikings
 
Watchet's maritime heritage
 
Iron Mines in the Brendon Hills
 
The Ancient Mariner's albatross merges with the real blue sky
 
Perchance to Dream Mural, The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
 
Mural in Manor House Road, Glastonbury by The Krumble Empire (Kim van Coels) and Sophie Alexi

Other end of the Manor House Road Mural, Glastonbury
 I couldn't get a better photo due to parked cars.
 
 
A mural celebrating Bridgwater's history was completed in November 2017.  It was painted by local artist Rachel Gundry, with help from local residents.  It is located on the Broadway side of Blake Gardens, just to the south of the underpass.


Bridgwater Carnival
 
Admiral Blake, Blake Gardens, Town Hall and Town Bridge
 
Cornhill and St Mary's Church, Bridgwater
 

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