Type Mural , Panel
Three ceramic murals in wood frames on wall beyond waiting room. Frieze of shells on each, with tide motif and leaves.
Windmill, cranes on docks, grass and dunes with map of coast, River Mersey and named places.
Church windows on east side with church names. Quote then birds. Houses along bottom, map of Crosby.
Representation forest on east below church windows then centre spires, tops of church tower and clock. Local landmarks, light marker for ships, Crosby cross. Moon in phases.
The mural attempts to cover geography, natural history, religious and domestic architecture and especially nautical links and primitive settlements.
Railside Revival was set up in April 1991, a partnership of British Rail (now Rail Electrics), Mersey Travel, local councils and North West Arts. An arts programme was evolved aiming at involving local schools, a focus for the Open Golf Tournament, aiding safety, aesthetic and practical improvement of stations, as a means of stimulating interest and discouraging vandalism.
Artists were selected through national advertisements (early 1992) although some temporary work was given to North West artists. The scheme gave artists experience of working on public art and related problems including insurance, safety (especially fire), installation and bureaucracy.
Blundellsands involved four 6th formers, three of whom, when the unveiling took place in November 1993, were doing art degrees at Southport Art College.
One, Jake Smith, said, 'Tessa asked us to create a mural of scenes of the area. We made sketches and took photos of the area and its landmarks and then combined them.'
In September / October 1992, there was a ten day residency at the school by Bleecker to design the mural, then a further ten days research and design by the artist.
Two panels have been damaged and negotiations between Mersey Travel and Mersey Rail Electrics about restoration are taking place.
As part of Railside Revival, Blundellsands, Crosby and area maritime and natural history, religious and domestic architecture are celebrated.
There are various statements and place names covering all three murals.
Related works : murals at Moorfields station, Liverpool, James Street station, Liverpool, Limestreet station, Liverpool, Rock Ferry station, Wirral, sculptures at Bank Hall station.
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