New First World War mural destined for town centre

Provocative artist’s image destined for mural in Ellesmere Port

Lisa Edwards, Christine Holme, Cllr Justin Madders, Dave Thomas (Circle Cabs), Sonja Moss-Dolega (The Paperboat Gallery), Jochem Hollestelle (Town Centre Improvement Manager) and Pauline Billing

The winning entry in a public art competition linked to the First World War has gone on display on the side of a taxi firm’s black cab before it is re-created as a mural.

The theme of the art competition was Peace and Reconciliation, World War I Centenary.

It forms part of the Ellesmere Port Arts Festival, which will take place in the town from March 6 to April 27.

The winning design, titled A New Beginning by artist Silent Bill, who has links with Ellesmere Port, was chosen as the favourite by the competition’s committee.

It has now been displayed on the side of taxi firm Circle Cabs vehicle before being recreated in full on the side of the company’s building.

Dave Thomas, owner of Circle Cabs, said: “I was delighted to be able to get involved and agree to display a stunning commemorative mural of the First World War centenary on the gable end of our building.

“The artist has designed an image to remind everybody what a sacrifice our forefathers made so that we can enjoy what we have today.

“As a local business we are happy to give 100% support to helping transforming the heart of Ellesmere Port.”

Residents, students, and workers were invited to take part in the art competition with the second and third prizes winning vouchers to be spent at the Paperboat Gallery on Whitby Road.

The art work will be installed during March and unveiled on Tuesday March 25.

Until then, the striking image will travel around town on the side the cab.

Silent Bill, a provocative urban artist, said: “I am honoured to be picked to commemorate the First World War centenary with my thought provoking mural and I am also very excited to be a part of the council’s vision and regeneration of Ellesmere Port.”

Ellesmere Port Town ward borough councillor, Justin Madders (Lab) said: “The quality of entries was very high and it was not easy to choose the winning design. When the mural is completed it will represent a stunning and thought-provoking image for those entering the town from the M53.

“I hope this inspires others to take up art and remember all those who perished in the First World War.

“It is also a very impressive entrance to the high street and will hopefully encourage more people to stop and look at what the town has to offer.”

The Ellesmere Port Art Festival and the Circle Cabs art competition are part of a programme of town centre improvements to transform the centre of Ellesmere Port.

 

 
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