Tag: Greenock

Greenock Street Scene Mural

Graphic Tiled Street Scene comes back to life in Greenock

6274 public art were commissioned by Riverside Inverclyde to bring a well known street mural back to the town of Greenock, Inverclyde.

The Mural was in place on the walls of the Westburn underpass for decades before it was taken down and replaced by a new public artwork in November 2010.

The painted tiles depicted a street scene of Greenock in the days before the construction of the town’s Oak Mall. Shops and businesses of the towns past including Westburn House, the Regal Cafe and Sheila Simpson Wool were all part of the artwork.

Below is how the underpass looked before the restoration tiling project took place.

Westburn Underpass

Graffiti on the WestBurn Underpass before

 

Site of the New Tiled Mural Before

Site of the New Tiled Mural Before

 

Oak Mall Site After

Final Greenock Street Scene Mural

 

Before the initial building work started on the Westburn site, 6274 Public Art took photographs of each section of the underpass mural. There was a large amount of graffiti and damage to the tiles over the years which had to be digitally touched up. The next stage was to hand illustrate the street scene as close as possible to the original as we could.

Once completed a few modern Greenock landmarks were added, including references to the Tall ships festival, Clydeport Cranes and the soon to be constructed Beacon Theatre.

When approved, the full 23m2 mural artwork was digitally transferred onto porcelain tiles using our technique which has been a great success in the past. The tiles were fired at 800 degrees to seal the graphic transfers into the glaze before being laid out on the factory floor for inspection and numbering.

Once each tile was inspected they were numbered in a grid and key plans were passed over to our tilers M and M Ceramics of Dunoon for installation.

Billy McGuinness and his team expertly installed the 6 section of the mural over a period of  10 days and had to endure the lovely Scottish winter to complete the job.

The kind comments we have received from passers by and locals who remembered the locations depicted within the mural have been greatly appreciated.

I remember the original tiles going up and was saddened to see them go, but they are back in a better place which was an otherwise fairly dull corner of the town centre. Local Passer by.

We would be delighted to hear any stories you may have about the shops and businesses that are part of the Oak Mall ceramic mural so please feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to reply.

6274 Public Art would like to say an enormous thanks to everyone involved in making this project happen and would be delighted to work on any future ceramic restoration projects.

Please feel free to send your own into the address below or follow us on twitter @6274publicart

info@6274.co.uk

Tall Ships Festival Graphics

6274 worked closely with Riverside Inverclyde in the lead up to the 2011 Tall Ships festival in Greenock, Scotland.

We were commissioned to work with the paintings of the festivals official artist William Dobbie to create a fantastic new underpass graphic to coincide with the event from July 8th – 12. We worked with a selection of these paintings to design a full colour graphic running along one side of the Westburn underpass in Greenock.

Feel free to follow the link above to view the rest of William Dobbie’s work for this years festival

We worked with the fantastic team at Jetcut on the manufacturing and cutting of each aluminum panel before handing over to the team at Service Graphics for printing and installation.

Installation of the aluminum graphic panels took place just in time for the start of the 2011 Tall Ships Festival which saw hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals descend on the water front to see the ships before they leave for the next leg of their race.

The final installation has been well received by both Riverside Inverclyde as well as local people who pass through the underpass every day.

Photography of the underpass and the Tall Ships Festival can be viewed below.

A video of some of our other projects within Inverclyde can also be viewed above.

A massive thank you to everyone involved in the project.

We look forward to everyone’s feedback.