by Louise Jones-Roberts
Following an approach from a very shy but incredibly active local citizen, Club Chemistry has lead the way to pay for and facilitate the making good one of the city’s grimmest graffiti hotspots by covering it with a part-artist painted, part-community painted mural.
The project is Club Chemistry’s contribution to Canterbury City Council’s “Love Where We Live” campaign, which is being rolled out across the District. Local firms Jenner Construction, Purple Rhino and Cowling and Wilcox have also made the project possible.
The beautiful artwork was designed by and is being brought to life by artist Gloria Treseder.
Gloria won a fiercely contested competition hosted by the University of Creative Arts to design-out the graffiti-covered area, making it look more visually appealing and feel safer to the thousands of people that use it every week.
Her mural “Traveller’s Joy” focuses on what makes the bridge Kentish by utilising native flowers and including local literary figures.
Traveller’s Joy will be unveiled as the culmination of a community-action day on Monday 28 May, where anyone who wishes to add a flower to the mural can between 10am and 1.30pm.
Children with a responsible adult are actively encouraged.
Prizes, including a month’s leisure centre membership, Marlowe Theatre tickets, cream tea at the Beaney and train tickets, will be awarded for the best flowers.
Awards will be given out by the brand–new mayor, Colin Spooner, at the Dane John bandstand at 2.30pm on the same day.
Sadly, though, there have definitely been some downs on the project.
A lovely local resident, who supported the scheme from its inception, passed away this week before she could see the plan come to fruition.
A robin is being painted as part of the mural in her memory.
Louise Jones-Roberts runs Club Chemistry and is a Conservative city councillor in Barton ward.