Time to moo-ve over Banksy!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

FIRST came The Bolt and now a wall on El­wick Road has started moo­ing. It’s the lat­est un­usual art project in the Ash­ford’s Shared Space scheme.

Ash­ford-based artist Cathy Streeter has carved cat­tle shapes into the wall in El­wick Road, which was once the bound­ary wall be­tween the cat­tle mar­ket and the town.

She has recorded peo­ple’s mem­o­ries, the sounds of the mar­kets and cat­tle noises. Three metal grilles in the wall omit the record­ings when ac­ti­vated by peo­ple walk­ing be­side it.

The artist was in­spired while re­search­ing the his­tory of the site.

She said: “It made me think how the wall has stood there for a long, long time and has wit­nessed what has gone on both in­side and out­side the mar­ket.

“So the idea started un­fold­ing that the wall would ac­tu­ally give back out its mem­o­ries – and it would carry on talk­ing ‘till the cows come home’,” which is the ti­tle of the art­work.

Two real cows, as well as peo­ple fea­tured in the record­ings, took part in an event to switch on the wall on Satur­day morn­ing .

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