Un­der­pass gets comfy makeover

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A NO­TO­RI­OUS crimerid­den un­der­pass will be trans­formed into a pop-up liv­ing room this week­end.

The un­der­pass at Wa­ters Green has been plagued by street at­tacks, drug tak­ing and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in re­cent years.

But on Fri­day, Jan­uary 22, from 11.30am to 3.30pm, art col­lec­tive Glass­ball are invit­ing res­i­dents to sit down with them on the walk­way and share their sto­ries of the town, some of which could then be rep­re­sented in a piece of pub­lic art for the walk­way.

The thor­ough­fare will be decked out with chairs, a rug, lamp and ta­ble, thanks to the back­ing of fur­ni­ture store Arighi Bianchi and Cheshire East Coun­cil. The un­der­pass runs un­der­neath the rail­way line and the A523, the Silk Road.

Coun Sam Gard­ner, cab­i­net mem­ber in charge of open spa­ces, said: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field to in­flu­ence what will be a dra­matic piece of pub­lic art that will trans­form a rather cold and un­invit­ing sub­way, plagued by anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the past, into some­thing of great lo­cal in­ter­est and visu­ally strik­ing.”

Cora Glasser, from Glass­ball, said: “We aim to cap­ture anec­dotes and sto­ries about Mac­cles­field.”

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