A bright new symbolic mural was recently unveiled at Glasgow’s Queen’s Park Arena. After talking with business owners and primary school children, local artist Joanne Dawson designed the artwork to reflect what the park means to those who use it frequently.
Inhouse Events CIC commissioned the piece and funds were supplied by the Walking and Cycling Charity Sustrans. The materials were provided free of charge from Johnson Tiles, as just one of many social projects the company has been involved in. In April they also donated materials to help create 5,000 ceramic butterflies in Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent.
The mural is predominantly made up of primary colours- vivid red, blue, and yellow. A softer green gives a nod to nature whilst the characters enable varied interpretations to be made of the park’s meaning to locals. The flora demonstrates the natural beauty of the park, and the peace to be found within it whilst the animal figures show the delight one can feel watching wildlife.
The human shapes relax with ice creams under the sun and the raindrops show how the space can be enjoyed in all weather. The bright colours not only draw attention but represent the water of the boating pond and the change in seasons. The small elements of character throughout the mural can resonate with residents, especially those who helped inspire and design.
A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, July 2019.