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Dumbarton Lomography Underpass Project

6274 Public Art were commissioned by West Dunbartonshire Council to carry out a community photography project to create fantastic final graphics for the the Strathleven Underpass Development.

Rather than simply using standard digital cameras to take photos of people and places within the local area we used a selection of Lomography Cameras to create a vibrant and creative effect. None of the kids involved had ever used anything other than a digital camera or their mobile phone to take photos, so having only 10 to 24 attempts to take the perfect photo was a challenge.

We worked with the Kids of the Tulluchan Trust to firstly teach them about photography and how to use the cameras and then spent a day taking photographs all across the vale of Leven.

The remit given from the council was to create an atmosphere of fun for the final underpass graphics that were produced.

Once the films were developed the fantastic images were reworked  into large format graphics to be approved by the councils planning department.

The final images of the Strathleven Underpass are shown below.

To find out more about the lomography technique used in this project please visit www.lomography.com to spark your imagination.

Many thanks to everyone involved.

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.

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Coatbridge Underpass

Anti Graffiti Graphic Tile

The North Calder Heritage Trail is a linear route that travels from Summerlee Heritage Park, through Coatbridge, before winding ten miles into the surrounding countryside. It is important that the trail remain interesting and easy to navigate as it winds through Coatbridge, and so North Lanarkshire Council commissioned us to decorate the underpass through which the trail travels as it leaves the town centre.

6274 commenced research into the cultural history of the area, and sourced images from historical archives throughout North Lanarkshire. We were keen to design something in keeping with the industrial heritage of the landscape, which would be decorative, but also informative. We pitched a variety of ideas, and the favourite was a concept that referenced the two flows that were the lifeblood of Coatbridge throughout the 19th Century namely the molten iron of heavy industry, and the canals that took the end product to market. The council were delighted with the finished artwork.

The graphic tiles used in this process are perfect for outside use as they have many fantastic qualities that make them fit for this purpose including graffiti, fade and frost resistance.

Albion Street Mural

Albion Street Mural Project.

6274 were commissioned by Merchant City Properties to design a small tiled mural for their empty Albion Street, Glasgow site.

We worked with local museums to source images of the area from Glasgow’s past.

The Merchant City was once one of Glasgow’s main Fruit and Veg trading hubs and the images collected depict this perfectly.

Our graphic tile installations are designed to last the test of time and leave behind a legacy for future generations.

Please feel free to take a look back in time next time you walk down Albion Street and let us know your thoughts on one of Glasgow’s only tiled public art murals.

Glebe Tennis Courts

6274 individually illustrated four life size tennis banners for Irvinbay Regeneration Company as they promoted the new Glebe tennis courts in Saltcoats, Scotland.

The courts were officially opened on Sunday 17th October by Judy Murray, who also ran a coaching session for 50 local young people.

Each banner has a hidden tennis star located in the 5m x 2m graphic mesh and set a great back drop to the new courts that are free to the public.

Have a look at the images below to see if you can spot the tennis stars.

To find out more about this story follow the link below.


London Road Mural

6274 worked along side Lead Artist Peter McCaughey and his team at WAVE, Glasgow regeneration company Clyde Gateway and their partners Dawn Construction to produce a 100 metre long artwork as part of the new Eastgate office building project.

We engaged with pupils and teachers of Eastbank Academy in Shettleston  as well as local artists and writers to produce a fantastic mural on the site which is one of the key locations leading up to the Commonwealth Games.

We worked with our allotted budget and time scales to complete the work before the official opening by the Lord Provost and national press.

6274 engaged with the pupils of Eastbank Academy, Glasgow over a period of 3 months. We conducted seminars and workshops with local artists, writers and poets to show the pupils the intention of the artwork project.

We then photographed and scanned their work from their Higher portfolio and gathered everything together digitally to collate the final graphics.

6274 then worked with the material to pull together the final work. We created themes throughout and added relevant text and poems from the pupils work to add to the overall mural. Once completed we worked with our trusted suppliers to print, cut and install the graphic panels to the site over a period of two days.

The outcome of everyone’s efforts is a 100 metre long graphic, dibond mural installed on one of Glasgow’s busiest roads. The official opening ceremony took place at the start of February 2011 and was hosted by Glasgow’s Lord Provost and Clyde Gateway. The project has received media and press coverage as well as great feedback from the pupils involved. So far there has been no vandalism of the project, which is testament to the local area. Everyone’s work can be seen at the website we built for the project at www.londonroadmural.co.uk as well as a few images below.

Section from the London Road Mural, a project involving Eastbank Academy, Clyde Gateway and Dawn Construction.

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