Tag: Riverside Inverclyde

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


Ginger the Horse

6274 were approached by Riverside Inverclyde to promote their latest artistic acquisition for Greenock.

A large Andy Scott horse sculpture has been commissioned to be erected on the new Cathcart Street pedestrian precinct.

The remit was to come up with initial ideas of how to get the local community excited about the new sculpture.
Utilising the existing Heras fencing surrounding the gap site, we proposed to create a horse based theme which would run round the side of the site.

We then got local schools Lady Alice and All Saints Primary involved to produce their own design on our horse templates. We taught a few classes about animation and graphic design and then left the rest to their own creative minds.

The results speak for themselves.

We then scanned each image, and chose 20 of the most exciting drawings to work with.
Inverclyde Now Story

The images were then designed and printed onto full colour graphic panels to be attached to the area surrounding the site to create the illusion of running horses.

The children’s animations were also immortalised on our youtube channel.

Once installed the site had a visit from Lady Alice Primary, All Saints Primary, Riverside Inverclyde, Greenock Telegraph and Inverclyde Council.

Below is a selection of images from the Ginger the Horse project.