3 October 2015

Wibbly wobbly timey wimey happenings in Swindon

Cambria Bridge mural. In a neat bit of symmetry Ken White, well known for his murals is now the subject of a mural down on Cambria Bridge.

See here for my book about Ken White.

Even more apt is the fact that there used to be a very different mural on Cambria Bridge painted by Ken himself. The photo below taken from Ken’s Facebook page with his permission:

Ken White orig cambria bridge mural
Ken White orig cambria bridge mural

Some photos of Ken’s mural on Cambria bridge and other places from the Swindon Local flickr collection: https://www.flickr.com/photos/swindonlocal/6963182216/in/album-72157626532266648/ 

The 200 foot artwork depicts key people, buildings and organisations, linked together by an old style police box at one end and the Dr Who Tardis at the other. It has been produced by local artists Ed Russell and James Habgood of The Visual Drop. They did it in collaboration with young people from ‘The Railway Kids’ youth club organised by the Mechanics’ Institution Trust. All in partnership with Swindon Borough Council.”

I LOVE the TARDIS – I really, WANT that on my garden wall. Notice how the chimney on a roof behind the TARDIS section looks like the light on top of the Police box.

The mural also features Edith New the Swindon campaigner for votes for women.

Did I mention that I love the TARDIS?

Community Arts Organisations Represented

Two key community arts organisations have been chosen for the wall:
1. The Octobus Project, a mobile youth project which worked with thousands of people across Swindon over a period of 30 years.
2.And Swindon Viewpoint, Britain’s original Community TV service which began broadcasting in 1973 and now offers its vast archive and contemporary material online.”

And this wonderful mural is not the only bit of street art down that area. I also snapped these bits of wonderment. I rather like the Mediterranean looking scene – nearly as much as I like that TARDIS …