Category: Public and Community Art

Dalry Public Art

Dalry is a small town set in attractive scenery in North Ayrshire. We were commissioned to design a new logo for the town and design artwork for a number of empty shop fronts.

Some towns have an apparent core image, for example, a building, industry or famous inhabitant. With Dalry, there were no obvious candidates despite a rich and varied history. However, we were clear that we wanted to be modern, forward thinking and optimistic, so we proposed ‘living Dalry’. This has proved to be a great fit. Sub-brands have been established alongside the main logo, including green Dalry, business Dalry, shop local Dalry and sporting Dalry – in fact, all the aspects of the town and community which make it a great place to live.

Dalry benefits from a large number of independent shops. However they are in need of support, and locals are being encouraged to shop locally through a community magazine and the ‘living Dalry’ website which is currently under development.

This ongoing project also includes artworks on the interior and exterior of the library, and on the boarded up windows of the King’s Arms Hotel. Local involvement has been key in all of the projects – from the hundreds of people who allowed us to take their photos, to the many contributions to the memory tree, which has been installed in the library.

The team at the Dalry public library art project wanted to engage with the local community. They proposed a theme which involved local school children contributing historic artifacts and memorabilia.
The range of contributions was phenomenal, reflecting the positive atmosphere within the community and ultimately enhancing the local library.

Everything from family photos, trophies, yearbooks and sweet wrappers were photographed and scanned. We then illustrated a Dalry graphic memory tree and inserted the memorabilia items to the branches.

The final design was printed onto large di-bond graphic panels and installed to the walkway up the stairs to the Children’s library.

The theme of the Creative Dalry Communities Arts Project is film. 6274 developed a series of 3D visuals illustrating famous film actors and scripts. The visuals were used to brighten up the exterior windows of the King’s Arms Hotel in Dalry. The response from the community has been so positive that the King’s Arms has decided to continue the theme within its interior decorating as part of its forthcoming refurbishment.

Below is a selection of images from the Dalry project.

Port Glasgow In Bloom

Port Glasgow kids have revealed hidden talents to designers from 6274, as they worked together over 3 days to produce over 80 stunning floral paintings.

Taking flowers as a theme, the children attending the summer play scheme at Boglestone Community Centre produced stunning paintings.

Artist Bruce Macaulay added,

“So often children are denied quality materials, so we worked with top brand paints and canvasses, the results speak for themselves”.

Rather than drawing from memory, swathes of fresh flowers were provided, so that the children could get up close, touch, feel, and really look at the flowers from across the world. The final results fill 5 windows of Port Glasgow Library, and the wall next to the swimming pool, adding an extra dimension to the Port Glasgow in Bloom project, which has seen floral displays throughout the town. The work was commissioned by Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council as part of the Town Centre Regeneration Fund initiative.

The final art work from the children was then scanned at high resolution to work with for the design of the two sites. 6274 then created a brand new logo for Port Glasgow in Bloom to give the project a recognisable brand.

The Port Glasgow Library window displays were printed onto a new contra vision material to allow for light to shine through into reading areas while allowing for vibrant colours for the outward facing design. This material is installed in minutes and allows for the graphics to be taken down and reapplied many times over without leaving any sticky marks on the windows. The final results speak for themselves.

The second site is a 15 meter long art gallery banner on Fore Street outside the Port Glasgow swimming pool. 12 of the kids paintings were given graphic frames and positioned at eye level to produce a fantastic outside gallery.

Many thanks to everyone involved.

Motherwell Underpass

North Lanarkshire Council wanted to redevelop Motherwell town centre.

Pedestrian access to the town was via four covered underpasses that were in need of upgrading. 6274 were commissioned to create a more welcoming entrance to the town centre for both residents and visitors alike. We sourced a technique that meant photographic images could be applied tile to produce a permanent image glazed in to the tile. The resulting images were not only striking but would withstand temperatures from -40ºC up to 50ºC.

We worked with super market chain Asda to photograph individuals from the local area. The result was a large colourful section of peoples faces that can be seen above.

We worked with Glasgow School of Art, photographers and the local community to pull together different themes for each of the underpasses.

The underpasses in Motherwell, Scotland still looks great today.

6274 is one of the only companies in Scotland to specialise in this regeneration service – no project is too big or too unconventional!

We would be delighted to hear your comments and ideas regarding graphic tile installations.


Lead Graphic Designer: Bruce Macaulay

West Hamilton Street Underpass: Photography – Susie Baker, Design – Bruce Macaulay

Barrie Street Underpass: Original Paintings – Kristina Macaulay, Design – Bruce Macaulay

Merry Street Underpass: Design – Bruce Macaulay

The Pend Tiled Panel: Photography – Bruce Macaulay