09/13/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2018 03:32
A vibrant new art mural telling the story of Droitwich's history has been unveiled at the town's Lido Park.
The new addition by renowned artist Rob Cowen is located on the wall near to the tennis courts and was unveiled by Tony Rowley, the Chairman of Wychavon District Council, during a short ceremony on Monday (10 September).
The 46-panel design spans over 96 metres and focuses on the town's rich history, from Roman times to present day, featuring such iconic buildings as St Andrew's Brine Baths and the Chateau Impney.
Earlier this year, the Greenspace team from Wychavon District Council drew up an advert and a brief to replace the original artwork which was painted in 2008 and featured the theme of four seasons.
Out of the 12 designs submitted and scored by interested parties, Rob Cowan was chosen to complete the work with the help of children from the Eco Council at St Peters C of E Academy.
Pictured: Artist Rob Cowen and Wychavon Chairman Cllr Tony Rowley with St Peters C of E Academy pupils Isabelle Price and George Taylor.
The mural, which was funded by the council through its park revenue budget, cost around £7,000 and was painted at intervals from July to September.
Artist Rob Cowen, said: 'The whole experience has been brilliant. I have met lots of lovely people along the way and even though I did my own research for the design, people would come up to me and tell me interesting stories about their time living in Droitwich.
'I have really enjoyed completing the mural and I love that I get to leave a little legacy behind through my art.'
Cllr Tony Rowley, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: 'We are all really pleased with the outcome, the mural is of a superb quality and is such a unique design.
'It brightens up our lovely park and we hope it will be enjoyed by many people for years to come.'
To see more of Rob Cowan's work, visit: www.robcowanillustration.com/murals