Am­bi­tious art­works could trans­form city

Ex­hi­bi­tion to show how pub­lic spa­ces could be trans­formed by pub­lic art

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From bal­loons lift­ing a tower block to­wards the sky, to a shop wall be­ing turned into a book­shelf, stun­ning im­ages of art­work which would trans­form the city have been un­veiled.

The im­ages have been cre­ated by arts group Pa­per Rhino as part of their Re: Imag­ine Peter­bor­ough pro­ject, and would turn blank brick walls into huge works of art.

The gi­ant paint­ings could be placed on the TK Maxx wall on Bourges Boule­vard, Apex House on Oun­dle Road, or even Cres­cent Bridge in the city cen­tre.

One of the im­ages sees the TK Maxx wall painted to look like a row of books, all by Whit­tle­sey au­thor Les­lie Poles Hartley, while an­other sees Apex House lifted to­wards the sky with bal­loons - like the house in the film Up- with the bot­tom of the build­ing painted to look as if the tower has al­ready taken off. Other im­ages cel­e­brate nat­u­ral life in Peter­bor­ough.

The im­ages of the works some of which hon­our for­mer Peter­bor­ough res­i­dents - will go on dis­play in the city next month.

Amanda Rigby, one of the direc­tors of Pa­per Rhino said: “We are def­i­nitely miss­ing some 2D art in the city. We have great sculp­tures, mu­sic and po­etry, but we don’t re­ally have any­thing like this, other than in some un­der­passes.

“We hope the ex­hi­bi­tion will break down some of the bar­ri­ers for this type of art.”

The works have been put to­gether by artists at Pa­per Rhino, with the help of stu­dents at Peter­bor­ough Regional Col­lege and other lo­cal artists.

Amanda said: “We did a num­ber of con­sul­ta­tions and work­shops, which helped us come up with the ideas.

“The col­lege stu­dents came up with the Up con­cept, for ex­am­ple.

“We also want to cel­e­brate Peter­bor­ough le­gends. So many other city’s see art like this to cel­e­brate lo­cal he­roes.

“One of the pieces we have been work­ing on is a por­trait of Daphne Jackson. She was born and went to school in Peter­bor­ough, and was the first fe­male physics pro­fes­sor in the UK.

While the im­ages are sug­ges­tions for what could be in­stalled on the walls, and may not be cre­ated full size, Amanda said she hoped res­i­dents would be in­spired by the cre­ations.

She said: “We will cost up the pieces, so if peo­ple want them on their walls, we will be able to do them. We want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to come and see the work.

“It would be great to see them full size though.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens on Novem­ber 3, and will run un­til Novem­ber 30 at Metal Cul­ture, St Peters Road, Peter­bor­ough.

A spe­cial event will be held on the opening night at 4.30pm.

Any­one wish­ing to at­tend the opening night should email Chauf­feurscot­tage@met­al­cul­ture.com

We are def­i­nitely miss­ing 2D art in the city

Amanda Rigby

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