Added by on 2018-08-08

The curtain has been lifted on two major artworks commissioned as part of the opening of a new multi-million pound retirement living scheme in Worcestershire. Marking the rich history and heritage of Stourport, two striking murals have been revealed for the first time at School Gardens – Bromford’s new £10.5m retirement living homes on Tan Lane, near the centre of the town. Birmingham-based public artist Claire Cotterill was commissioned to carry out the project which has incorporated both old and new technology. One set of panels celebrates the local heritage of the site and surrounding area, its history, industry and character as a leisure destination. The second panel depicts Stourport’s famous canal and wildlife as well as a collage of old photographs displaying former pupils at the school. This marks the restoration of the original school building which used to be Tan Lane Infants School from 1897 before later becoming Stourport First School. The artworks, one of which is almost 30ft high, have been secured into position in the new entrance area to School Gardens following a two-day installation process at the end of February. Claire, who has been working on bespoke artwork for over 25 years, said: “This has become a labour of love and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the unique history of Stourport and the site itself. My intention was to celebrate and acknowledge the various incarnations of the site – its people and history – to create a visual story that marks its rich heritage as it moves on into a new future. “It is wonderful to see the panels through from their initial conception to the final installation. My thanks must go to Stourport Archives and the civic society for their support during research into the project.” You can contact Claire on her website, […]

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