Artists compose Banksy-style piece to celebrate Elgar's love of cycling

Artists compose Banksy-style piece to celebrate Elgar's love of cycling

The enigma of cycling: Mural of Edward Elgar on his bike in the grounds of The Elgar Birthplace Museum at Lower Broadheath. Picture by John Anyon 3614688903

The enigma of cycling: Museum supervisor Chris Bennett in front of the mural of Edward Elgar on his bike in the grounds of The Elgar Birthplace Museum at Lower Broadheath. Picture by John Anyon 3614688904

The enigma of cycling: Museum supervisor Chris Bennett in front of the mural of Edward Elgar on his bike in the grounds of The Elgar Birthplace Museum at Lower Broadheath. Picture by John Anyon 3614688902

The enigma of cycling: Museum supervisor Chris Bennett in front of the mural of Edward Elgar on his bike in the grounds of The Elgar Birthplace Museum at Lower Broadheath. Picture by John Anyon 3614688904

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SAT astride a bike, hat blown off by the wind and looking like he does not have a care in the world - a new Banksy-esque piece of street art perfectly captures Sir Edward Elgar's love of cycling.

With the Tour of Britain set to come to Worcester next week, the Elgar Birthplace Museum thought it was the perfect time to commission an eye-catching piece of work which depicts the famous composer's favourite mode of transport.

The three meter high mural, titled Cycle d’amour, is now the focal point of the Lower Broadheath-based museum's family musical garden.

It was created over the weekend by We Love Art, the team behind the Elgar paintings that appeared overnight in a Malvern bus shelter in March.

Artists Lee Morris and Tom Brown worked over the weekend to create Elgar riding a red bike on a white background.

It was funded by The Elgar Society West Midlands Branch and The Kay Trust.

Cathy Sloan, museum director, said: "It's fantastic.

"Elgar was a keen cyclist. He had a couple of bikes, one called a Royal Sunbeam, and would cycle for miles.

"Often when cycling, music would come to him and, with the Tour of Britain coming through Worcester next week, we decided to put Elgar back on his bike.

"I think it really gets to the man Elgar was.

"He wasn't the pompous Edwardian/Victorian figure people thought he was.

"In this artwork you can see he is fun and it captures how fun at heart he really was."

She said the piece was really eye-catching and praised We Love Art who she said really understood what the museum wanted.

As well as the piece in Malvern, the team also created a giant Elgar in HMV Worcester as well as life-sized portrait of poet John Masefield in Ledbury.

People can see the artwork at the museum every day between 11am to 5pm.

For more information log on to www.elgarmuseum.org, call 01905 333224 or email birthplace@elgarmuseum.org.

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10:12am Tue 2 Sep 14

allthatjazz says...

Loving this - we need much more of this across Worcester! It brightens up the walls
Loving this - we need much more of this across Worcester! It brightens up the walls allthatjazz
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12:51pm Tue 2 Sep 14

PrivateSi says...

Stop ripping off Banksy's style and be original - but it looks good... I had to look up the picture on the internet as I use 'No-Script' to block all the website trash, even though I've unblocked Worcester News... Dodgy, over complicated site scripting-wise...
Stop ripping off Banksy's style and be original - but it looks good... I had to look up the picture on the internet as I use 'No-Script' to block all the website trash, even though I've unblocked Worcester News... Dodgy, over complicated site scripting-wise... PrivateSi
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