Lincoln boasts some wonderful new artwork – and it’s all because of an overheard conversation!
When University of Lincoln Senior Lecturer in the School of Film and Media Chris Matthews overheard two Visit Lincoln colleagues talking about creative ways in which the city could be made even more attractive for shoppers and visitors, he came-up with an innovative idea.
Instead of keeping it to himself, he took action. The result is an eyecatching “mural”, which reminds people of many of Lincoln and Lincolnshire’s best features – Lincoln Cathedral, the Castle, aircraft, the Empowerment sculpture spanning the River Witham and the city’s swans.
First of all, Mr Matthews got in touch with Visit Lincoln and suggested the University set-up a design brief for its third year media students, encouraging them to come up with ideas.
Students were asked to devise concepts for a visual design project which could also form part of their degree course – and Lincoln BIG challenged them to come up with a mural to brighten the Glory Hole walkway which links the city’s High Street with the Brayford Waterfront.
BA Hons students Alice Thorpe (from Doncaster) and Lene Utkler Gaupen (from Norway) rose to the challenge, researching ideas and finally coming-up with an exciting multi-faceted design.
The project was for the Glory Hole walkway and the design was to design something to decorate five boarded-up windows and a door. The result is based on landmarks of Lincoln, and part of some client work I’ve done.
The students let people know about what they were doing via Twitter and also looked for an artist to turn their designs into reality.
Artist, illustrator and photographer Andrew Bailie initially responded over social media then visited the area with the students to discuss how their designs could be translated.
I wanted to see the location to understand the position in respect of the boarded-up windows and door which would take the murals, then I went on to enlarge their artwork, create stencils and do the painting.
The students and the artist are thrilled with their work and Lincoln BIG – which has funded the murals – is delighted with the end result.
Lincoln BIG Business Support Officer Richard Baxter said:
The mural has really lifted the Glory Hole walkway, which links the High Street with the Brayford Waterfront.
It has smartened-up this well-used route and the designs are a very effective way of reminding shoppers and visitors alike about Lincoln’s many attractions. We are now planning to erect a plaque in the area – so that everyone will know that the murals have been designed by Alice and Lene and painted by Andrew.
Head of Visit Lincoln Lydia Rusling said:
It is fabulous to see the finished result. It goes to show what can be accomplished by working together – Lincoln BIG, Visit Lincoln and the University of Lincoln.
I hope we can continue this project and seek out more locations across the city.