Location: Bradstone Road (by the viaduct), Folkestone, Kent.
Commissioned by the Bradstone Association.
Dimensions: approx 8m high (to apex) x 8m wide.
Brief: To help brighten up a rundown area of Folkestone as part of the forward-thinking residents’ association’s aims to improve and foster pride in their surroundings. It was also hoped to deter ‘tagging’ by using a lot of detail on the lower part of the wall.
The design, chosen from several submitted, was a fantasy-coloured imagining of how the Pent Valley might have looked before urbanisation. The site, a large gable-end wall at the foot of Folkestone’s iconic Victorian viaduct required three levels of scaffolding, the services of a full time volunteer assistant (many thanks to Peter Philips) lots of refreshments ( thank you, Raili and David Taylor), some participation from the community and plenty of encouragement from passers-by. Comments included ‘Wow, look at that, I love it’ and ‘Do you know what, wouldn’t it be nice to see this all over Folkestone – fetching art to the people instead of leaving it in Art Galleries’.
It took 30 painting days to complete, when conditions allowed, September – November 2012.