Bus shelter gets £5,000 makeover

Worcester News: John Anyon       28/5/14       2214609301

Refurbishment of bus shelter on the Wells Road in Malvern town center (6613442) John Anyon 28/5/14 2214609301 Refurbishment of bus shelter on the Wells Road in Malvern town center (6613442)

THE bus shelter which houses the striking street art images of Edward Elgar is undergoing a dramatic facelift.

Malvern Town Council is spending £5,000 to improve the Wells Road shelter beneath the Rosebank Gardens in the centre of Great Malvern.

The work is being carried out in a bid make it a more fitting home for pedestrians and the images of the classical composer created by Lee Morris and Tom Brown of We Love Art in March.

Town clerk Linda Blake said the work would create a gap between the existing wall and a new rendered wall so any moisture and salts can travel down into the drains.

"With all the publicity the paintings generated it drew attention to the fact that the paint was flaking away. It will allow it to look really nice and smart.

"If you keep painting it, it would only have a limited life before the salts and water would come through again."

Mrs Blake added once the work, which started on Tuesday and is expected to last for two weeks, is completed it would be decided how to protect the four images.

The work will also see the wall battened with tanalised battens and finished with masonry paint.

Mr Morris and Mr Brown were caught red handed by the police in the early hours of Sunday, March 9 when carrying out their 'Banksy' style work which they originally intended as an anonymous gift.

An auction of the original canvases and the stencil raised £2,880 to fund community arts activities in the town.

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4:54pm Wed 28 May 14

allthatjazz says...

Good to see that the art will remain!!
Good to see that the art will remain!! allthatjazz
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4:57pm Wed 28 May 14

redtail says...

The work will also see the wall battened with tanalised battens and finished with masonry paint. ?????
The work will also see the wall battened with tanalised battens and finished with masonry paint. ????? redtail
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7:59pm Wed 28 May 14

WycheWitch says...

but from what I saw when I drove past the battens were being placed over the full length Elgar next to the phone box??
but from what I saw when I drove past the battens were being placed over the full length Elgar next to the phone box?? WycheWitch
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11:36am Thu 29 May 14

the-cynic says...

I really can't see how the original Elgar painting is going to be retained, as the wooden battens have been fixed to the wall with screws going directly through the paintwork of the mural.

Even if it the mural is re-painted onto the new wall covering it will not look "original" but just another piece of street art, of which there are already a few in Malvern.

I'm sure that the area of the mural could have been repaired and sealed with a Perspex covering to protect it, which would have retained the original ethos of the Elgar artwork.
I really can't see how the original Elgar painting is going to be retained, as the wooden battens have been fixed to the wall with screws going directly through the paintwork of the mural. Even if it the mural is re-painted onto the new wall covering it will not look "original" but just another piece of street art, of which there are already a few in Malvern. I'm sure that the area of the mural could have been repaired and sealed with a Perspex covering to protect it, which would have retained the original ethos of the Elgar artwork. the-cynic
  • Score: 5

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