Kirkby Art Wall


Project: Kirkby-in-Ashfield Art Wall Client: Ashfield District Council

Location: Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

Background: Kirkby-in-Ashfield is an English market town which has gone through a £2.4million regeneration project to revitalise its town centre. A new public space was created at the town square, which will be used for markets, public events and community activities.

Public art and sculptures formed an important part of the landscaping, providing a facelift for the area. New statues and sculptures celebrated the sporting and mining heritage of the town, but the council also wanted to create a visually-striking piece of art which would look forward to the future.

Project details: Townscape were commissioned by Kirkby-in-Ashfield to work alongside local artist Ian Blyth to create an innovative piece of bespoke art manufactured from precast concrete. Artist Ian partnered with students at Ashfield Academy to create an art wall comprising self-portraits and local landscapes taken by Year 10 photography students at the college. This piece of art needed to be long lasting, durable and resistant to the elements. The ideal solution was to use graphic concrete to bring the project to life. 

The students’ photographs were transferred onto a precast concrete surface to create one large piece of concrete art.

Result: An eye-catching 40 metre wide by two metre high graphic concrete art wall filled with inspirational photography now forms the focal point of the new public square at Kirkby-in-Ashfield. GraphicConcreteHQ was able to bring to life the artist’s and students’ vision to create a piece of community art which looks to the promising future of town and not just the past.

With all the construction qualities of concrete, the art wall is weather proof and robust. Utilising innovative manufacturing processes, Townscape was able to deliver a cost-effective piece of art and architectural landscaping to this exciting regeneration scheme.

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