Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Mural in Cambria Bridge Road – Swindon (England)

The mural, completed in October 2015, was created to celebrate next year’s 175th anniversary of the Great Western Railway’s start in Swindon.  There are still many landmarks in Swindon from the time steam trains were built there.

The Visual Drop, a local artists’ group, created the mural in collaboration with The Railway Kids. It features celebrities and landmarks from Swindon.

Clever transformation of a concrete post at the end of Cambria Bridge that become a Tardis (from the Doctor Who TV series).

The link between Swindon and Doctor Who comes with the singer and actress Billie Piper, who played the Doctor’s assistant Rose Tyler and was born in Swindon.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer extraordinaire who built the railway line from Bristol to London (not only the train engines, but also the buildings and bridges) and so many other things. Daniel Gooch was the first Superintendent of Locomotive Engines on the Great Western Railway from 1837 to 1864 and its chairman from 1865 to 1889.

The suffragette Edith New was born in Swindon on March 17, 1877. Behind her, you can see a man lettering in the G.W.R. sign. This is probably a reference to the local artist Ken White still living and practicing his art in Swindon, who started as a sign painter for Great Western Railway (see below for more information on him).

The Octobus mobile youth project

The community TV station Swindon Viewpoint 

The artist Ken White features in good place in this mural, which makes sense as he painted back in 1976 “The Golden Lion Bridge” mural in Fleming Way, the most famous mural in Swindon. After that, he painted many more murals that you can see on his website. This mural launched Ken’s career when the pharmaceutical company Bayer featured it in a poster advertising campaign.  Richard Branson then contacted Ken and asked him to design some murals for Virgin. Ken even designed the flying lady logo for Virgin Atlantic.

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