Art students decorate new transport interchange building site

The Bolton News: A passer-by admires the artwork at the new transport interchange building site A passer-by admires the artwork at the new transport interchange building site

ARTISTIC students at the University of Bolton have put their stamp on the town centre — by decorating a building site with their self-portraits.

As part of a joint scheme by the university and Transport for Greater Manchester (TGfM), hoardings by the site of the new Bolton Interchange have been decorated by the artwork created by Fine Art and Textile Design students.

Each of the 36 undergraduates were asked to design a life-sized self-portrait reflecting their own personal link with Bolton in a bid to make Newport Street, Great Moor Street and Johnson Road more pleasant while building work is taking place.

Alan Buckingham, senior lecturer in fine art, said the students were thrilled to take part.

He added: “Projects in other city centres have involved artists using the hoardings put up around building sites. Artwork on the boards helps to make the spaces much more engaging and bearable for the public who have to see the hoardings every day.”

TFGM is currently building the new £48 million Bolton Interchange on the land, which is set to be opened in 2015.

Cllr Andrew Fender, chairman of TFGM committee, said he was very impressed with the students’ designs.

He added: “I am sure that their talents will draw attention to this fantastic project that will provide better links between bus and rail services, as well as improved waiting areas, passenger facilities, accessibility, information, and safety and security.”

Leader of Bolton Council Cllr Cliff Morris said he has already received good feedback from nearby businesses.

He added: “The artwork brightens up the area and it means that when you’re driving or walking along Newport Street, you’re not just faced with a construction site.

“The interchange will provide an up-to-date transport facility for commuters and it is a key part of our town centre strategy.”

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11:55am Thu 13 Mar 14

one_love says...

Are you sure they’ve been drawn by university students, that rabbit one looks like it 4 year old drew it
Are you sure they’ve been drawn by university students, that rabbit one looks like it 4 year old drew it one_love
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8:44pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Tim Burr says...

They should do this more often - from Manchester Road \ Bridgeman Street lights all the way up to Gt Moor Street to brighten the place up
They should do this more often - from Manchester Road \ Bridgeman Street lights all the way up to Gt Moor Street to brighten the place up Tim Burr
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8:49am Fri 14 Mar 14

thomas222 says...

Whats the difference between graffiti & this ?
Whats the difference between graffiti & this ? thomas222
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5:13pm Sat 22 Mar 14

jsmiddleton92 says...

The difference is this can be removed. This has been specifically designed to be publicised at this space. Our vocation has enabled us as a group to give the community a voice and allows us to be a part of project of redeveloping our town centre. The difference between this and graffiti is that it was commissioned by the council. And as for the 4 year old drawing....it has been computer generated...not drawn physically by hand. The council chose to take the photo from underneath out of the frame because they prefered the overlay. But of course you wouldnt know that.
The difference is this can be removed. This has been specifically designed to be publicised at this space. Our vocation has enabled us as a group to give the community a voice and allows us to be a part of project of redeveloping our town centre. The difference between this and graffiti is that it was commissioned by the council. And as for the 4 year old drawing....it has been computer generated...not drawn physically by hand. The council chose to take the photo from underneath out of the frame because they prefered the overlay. But of course you wouldnt know that. jsmiddleton92
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7:04pm Sat 22 Mar 14

thomas222 says...

jsmiddleton92 wrote:
The difference is this can be removed. This has been specifically designed to be publicised at this space. Our vocation has enabled us as a group to give the community a voice and allows us to be a part of project of redeveloping our town centre. The difference between this and graffiti is that it was commissioned by the council. And as for the 4 year old drawing....it has been computer generated...not drawn physically by hand. The council chose to take the photo from underneath out of the frame because they prefered the overlay. But of course you wouldnt know that.
No i wouldnt your right im to busy working. Why not develop Halliwell it needs it more.
[quote][p][bold]jsmiddleton92[/bold] wrote: The difference is this can be removed. This has been specifically designed to be publicised at this space. Our vocation has enabled us as a group to give the community a voice and allows us to be a part of project of redeveloping our town centre. The difference between this and graffiti is that it was commissioned by the council. And as for the 4 year old drawing....it has been computer generated...not drawn physically by hand. The council chose to take the photo from underneath out of the frame because they prefered the overlay. But of course you wouldnt know that.[/p][/quote]No i wouldnt your right im to busy working. Why not develop Halliwell it needs it more. thomas222
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