January 6, 2012 Halton Borough Council News
Street art recently created at Widnes Market has joined Banksy in a list of the most beloved street arts photos in the world. – and with less an average of one per country it is quite a feat!
Widnes Market launched a street art session with local schools who have been on art workshops to learn how to produce a 3D art piece to be displayed at the historic site.
www.streetartutopia.com lists the top 106 photos – in no particular order – and included a picture of the Widnes Market event – for artists all over the world to admire.
On Thursday 30 June, Urban Canvas, a Liverpool based company, led the children from St Bede’s and St Gerrard’s Primary in a piece to be made in the outdoor market area.
The young artists helped the Urban Canvas artists prepare and colour the image, which will then be on show for the following week.
The idea was to create a piece of 3D, pavement art with children and adults from local schools and visitors to Widnes Market.
The subject of the piece was the history of Widnes and in particular the connection to chemical production and industry, combining the past and the future.
This IS NOT as easy as it may seem and was only be the second workshop of its kind in the UK and indeed the world. The first one was created last year in Canary Wharf, London.
Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Markets, Cllr Tom McInerney, said: “This was a fantastic project and showed what talent we have in Halton.”
“This sort of project brought the market, schools and local community together – which can only be a good thing. And to be recognised on such a website can only be good for the profile of Halton.”
You can see a video of its creation on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_ko5Ysp5Vo
Anamorphic art or 3D art relies on the distortion of an image so it when viewed from one particular point it looks either 3D or ‘in proportion.’ Creating this work in Widnes will link into the current trend and ‘fashion’ for 3D street art.
In normal circumstance a team of artists would take three to four days to create the highly detailed non-interactive works we see on the interne.
This work was produced with complete strangers and non-artists in ONE DAY.
About a dozen pupils at a time worked on sections of the work….When the children are not doing the main piece of artwork, space was available for them to create their own pavement art in another space in the outdoor market.
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