More than two kilometres of retaining walls are faced with brickwork comprising over 1.5 million bricks. The brickwork and colours reflect the character of the surrounding area. The detailed design refers to the history and culture of Coventry, and specifically to the silk ribbon weaving industry, which flourished from the mid eighteenth century until the late nineteenth century. The brick panels are based on ribbon patterns in the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. According to the artist, each of the four distinct areas has a separate theme, based on the central pattern of each panel. The three vertical patterns in each panel refer to the three spires of Coventry. This vertical emphasis in very large panels enables the patterns to be visible to drivers approaching them at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
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