Underpass Mural 2021
At the end of August 2021, I, (Colette Baumback) started the mammoth task of repairing and re painting the Underpass mural in Westgate Parks: The original mural was one of the Heritage Lottery Fund objectives which was undertaken by myself and a host of volunteers back in 2015. Over the years the mural had been vandalised and damaged by tagging and wear and tear, so coming out of the pandemic it was one of our priorities to get the repainting completed.
I knew this was going to be a lot of hard work and it took four weeks in total to renovate the underpass. The walls have been transformed to a vibrant mural reflecting the beauty of the riverbank and the gardens. As always, the Friends were on hand to assist with the work, Michael Walter spent many hours covering the new work with layers of anti-graffiti paint.
Undertaking this project in the underpass was a wonderful experience, I had forgotten how rewarding it is to connect with public. I met so many lovely people and I am truly grateful to the wonderful citizens of Canterbury who showed their support for this project, their response to the work certainly kept me motivated.
- Colette Baumback, Local artist and Trustee.
Westgate Parks underpass mural