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The ceramic relief murals of


Buildings of Droitwich

Year Completed : 1975

Size : 2.4m x 1.4m (8ft x 4.5ft)

Client : Standard Life Insurance

Location : Salters Shopping Centre, Droitwich

Current Status : Still up in the shopping centre in 2014

Droitwich Town Council was the commissioning agent. They wanted a mural to enhance their new shopping mall and suggested a collage of buildings from the area. We visited the area and took photos, always trying to find unusual vernacular pieces to include in the building facade mural. I am an artist, and Kennedy was an historian, and together we were always happy and involved when approaching these historical themes. Black and white architecture is very much in evidence in the Droitwich area so we realised that we needed to find some other tones and surfaces to act as a foil for this. We incorporated a medieval stone font from a local church and an imposing Victorian red brick building. As always when researching for murals, we visited the local museum and library and were pleased to find photographic record of a big stately barge which appears on the canal. The sky is made of pieces of Cornish slate; we had collected bags full from a worked out quarry and nearly always used this for the sky areas in murals of this nature.

Lat/Long : 52.268003, -2.149348

Green - mural exists and with good access

Mural still exists and with good access it can be easily seen by the public