Mural site unimaginative

LETTER

After reading about the forthcoming unveiling of the digital reproduction of Graeme Mudge’s “Town Crier” mural, I made a point of seeking out its location and have to express my disappointment at the unimaginative, unsympathetic presentation that has been chosen. Judging by the concrete foundations, I can only presume this is to be its permanent site.

The original mural was cleverly located on a wall at the back of the council offices, on one side of a small courtyard with a central, mature overhanging tree, a picnic table and seating. The optical effect of the street scene was that it appeared to be a lane leading from the courtyard between buildings either side. You could almost “walk in” to the picture.

What do we have now? An isolated totally-out-of-context hoarding.

After removal of the black plastic covering we shall no doubt see a technically good reproduction but, in terms of its overall effect, I fear it will be a shadow of its former glory.

Peter Wooding

After reading about the forthcoming unveiling of the digital reproduction of Graeme Mudge’s “Town Crier” mural, I made a point of seeking out its location and have to express my disappointment at the unimaginative, unsympathetic presentation that has been chosen. Judging by the concrete foundations, I can only presume this is to be its permanent site.

The original mural was cleverly located on a wall at the back of the council offices, on one side of a small courtyard with a central, mature overhanging tree, a picnic table and seating. The optical effect of the street scene was that it appeared to be a lane leading from the courtyard between buildings either side. You could almost “walk in” to the picture.

What do we have now? An isolated totally-out-of-context hoarding.

After removal of the black plastic covering we shall no doubt see a technically good reproduction but, in terms of its overall effect, I fear it will be a shadow of its former glory.

Peter Wooding

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