New Mural Brightens Up Gateway to Cosham
|Published: 2nd June 2012 19:33|
Visitors to Cosham will now be greeted by a new mural designed and painted by a local artist.
Oliver Merkin, from Southsea, consulted with the local business community to come up with a design to brighten up the bottom retail units of the Cosham Interhcange building opposite Cosham train station. Local housing association, First Wessex, who own the flats above the units, funded the mural.
This Thursday (31st May), the mural was official opened by Andrew Mason, Head of Regeneration at First Wessex to a crowd including residents, businesses, new local councillor, Aiden Gray and Peter Morgan who owns the lease of the retail units.
Oliver said, "We wanted something that was quite bright, pleasant for the residents to look out onto and covered up the eyesore that was the hoardings before. The plane was a device so we can get the skywriting to come into it and also sometimes it's nice at low level to put something you wouldn't normally find there. Putting the sky low down introduces a bit of nature at ground level."
Andrew Mason, Head of Regeneration at First Wessex spoke at the event: "We are delighted to be able to play a part in supporting Cosham's traditional high street. We hope that the mural brightens up the local area and draws new businesses to the empty retail units in the Cosham Interchange building."