Murals will transform grim parts of city

Canterbury City Council is supporting the mural painting effort

Two murals will appear on walls close to Canterbury East train station to add colour to the area.

One will appear on the footbridge over the railway line which leads from the Lansdown Road Path to Oxford Street.

The other will be painted on the wall of the East station car park. Both spots have been blighted by graffiti in the past.

The first mural will be painted on to the footbridge’s four pillars by Gloria Treseder, an MA fine art student at the University for the Creative Arts, who won a competition to design a mural for the area.

Her piece Traveller’s Joy focuses on the four seasons. The university says that it “showcases the very best of Canterbury, from its native plants to world-famous literary characters that have been conceived in the city”.

Artist Gloria Treseder

Gloria added: “I hope the work inspires positive conversation about native plants. I hope it is friendly for children. I hope the elderly folks living nearby find it more than tolerable.

“I hope people have fun trying to figure out the literary references. Essentially, I hope walking along that bridge may be just one more possibility for delight and engagement in this amazing city, whether for a long-established local, a transitory student, or a nomadic traveler.

“I’m lucky to have the chance to attempt all of this. Hopefully it works.”

The second mural will be a community effort. Everyone is being invited to paint their own flower on to the wall of the East station car park.

Those who want to take part should meet by the East Station Snooker Club at 10am on the Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.

Canterbury City Council is backing the work as part of its Love Where We Live campaign. After 3.30pm there will be a presentation centred around the day’s work in the Dane John Gardens.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here