Public mural goes on display in Tangier Way, Taunton

This is The West Country: Artist Loz O'Halloran with Richard Holt, Cllr Mark Edwards and Cllr Alan Wedderkopp. Artist Loz O'Halloran with Richard Holt, Cllr Mark Edwards and Cllr Alan Wedderkopp.

AN EYE-CATCHING piece of public art – Taunton’s first ever public mural – has been crafted on Tangier Way.

Taunton Deane Council commissioned the artwork, having been inspired by the ‘Art Everywhere’ campaign, allocating a £1,000 budget to brighten up the temporary hoarding.

The project is a partnership with councillors Alan Wedderkopp and Mark Edwards, Richard Holt from the Creative Innovation Centre, and select Somerset College students.

Cllr Edwards said: “It is truly striking and is exactly what we envisaged when originally coming up with the idea.

“I am grateful to everyone for their assistance from TDBC, the Creative Innovation Centre, Somerset College and Linden Homes.

“We are hopeful the site will be developed soon but, in the meantime, at least there is something original to look at rather than just a wall of grey.”

Applying the brushstrokes were Richard Balman, 22, Loz O’Halloran, 21, Freddie Burls, 21, helped by Holly Arrow, 26.

Richard said: “Once the idea was decided it was quite plain sailing from there on in.

“We’re all quite creative people, so this is almost like our second language to adapt to it and go with the flow, and we bounce off each other really well.”

Cllr Alan Wedderkopp said the mural was about promoting health and wellbeing in Taunton.

He said: “Mental wellbeing is very important.

“Anything that gives you a lift and makes you feel better is worth spending money on.

“In addition to that, the students who have done that work have done it at a very low cost when you consider how large and good it is.”

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12:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Harryhourse says...

How many pot holes could be repaired with £1000. What a waste !
How many pot holes could be repaired with £1000. What a waste ! Harryhourse
  • Score: 3

1:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

Why hasn't this site been developed yet?
Why hasn't this site been developed yet? Slow down!
  • Score: 5

7:49pm Thu 27 Mar 14

FreeSpeech? says...

The paint must have been expensive, or was it a case of £990 for the overseer and a tenner for the artist?.
Could think of better uses for £1000, TDBC must be flush if they can waste that on a temporary hoarding.
The paint must have been expensive, or was it a case of £990 for the overseer and a tenner for the artist?. Could think of better uses for £1000, TDBC must be flush if they can waste that on a temporary hoarding. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 0

9:12pm Fri 28 Mar 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Obviously some amongst us don't begrudge wasting £1000 of tax payers money, one can only assume they don't pay council tax otherwise they might have a constructive input.
Obviously some amongst us don't begrudge wasting £1000 of tax payers money, one can only assume they don't pay council tax otherwise they might have a constructive input. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 3

7:26am Sat 29 Mar 14

GoingGreen says...

Brightened up the cycle ride to work!
Brightened up the cycle ride to work! GoingGreen
  • Score: -1

5:43am Mon 31 Mar 14

Dr Dave says...

You miserable lot! It's far better than looking at boring old site hoarding!
You miserable lot! It's far better than looking at boring old site hoarding! Dr Dave
  • Score: -3

12:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Little_Owly says...

I think the key word in this article is 'temporary'. I am appalled that pretty much a whole years worth of my council tax has been wasted on painting a temporary hoarding, something that will be taken down and disposed of. Might as well have thrown my £1000 in the River Tone. The design also has nothing to do with Taunton either, I dont see the point of it. I get fed ujp with the council saying they are hard up and trying to close childrens centres, libraries, cutting costs right left and centre but still choose to waste my hard earned money on a temporary piece of art that could not have cost £1000 to do anyway. Paint isnt that expensive.
I think the key word in this article is 'temporary'. I am appalled that pretty much a whole years worth of my council tax has been wasted on painting a temporary hoarding, something that will be taken down and disposed of. Might as well have thrown my £1000 in the River Tone. The design also has nothing to do with Taunton either, I dont see the point of it. I get fed ujp with the council saying they are hard up and trying to close childrens centres, libraries, cutting costs right left and centre but still choose to waste my hard earned money on a temporary piece of art that could not have cost £1000 to do anyway. Paint isnt that expensive. Little_Owly
  • Score: 9

2:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

I was a bit disappointed when I saw it, I was expecting it to be all the way along the hoarding, not just a tiny section.
I was a bit disappointed when I saw it, I was expecting it to be all the way along the hoarding, not just a tiny section. Slow down!
  • Score: 6

10:12pm Tue 1 Apr 14

boliston says...

Cycle past it twice each day but normally running late no not much time to look at it! I'd better remember to photograph it before it goes.
Cycle past it twice each day but normally running late no not much time to look at it! I'd better remember to photograph it before it goes. boliston
  • Score: 2

10:45am Wed 2 Apr 14

Gem64 says...

While I congratulate the artistic skills of those involved in the actual painting of the mural and it is an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their skills. Come on a £1,000 are you having a laugh? TDBC you really do take the proverbial out of us council tax payers at times. STOP wasting our money, STOP deciding how to spend our money on things like this, good grief, what ever happened to money well spent, if you had said £100 to cover the cost of the paint then I think that would have been a fair price and possibly acceptable.
While I congratulate the artistic skills of those involved in the actual painting of the mural and it is an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their skills. Come on a £1,000 are you having a laugh? TDBC you really do take the proverbial out of us council tax payers at times. STOP wasting our money, STOP deciding how to spend our money on things like this, good grief, what ever happened to money well spent, if you had said £100 to cover the cost of the paint then I think that would have been a fair price and possibly acceptable. Gem64
  • Score: 4

10:59am Wed 2 Apr 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Gem64 wrote:
While I congratulate the artistic skills of those involved in the actual painting of the mural and it is an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their skills. Come on a £1,000 are you having a laugh? TDBC you really do take the proverbial out of us council tax payers at times. STOP wasting our money, STOP deciding how to spend our money on things like this, good grief, what ever happened to money well spent, if you had said £100 to cover the cost of the paint then I think that would have been a fair price and possibly acceptable.
Well said, expect they despatched a surveyor to estimate how much paint was needed at a cost of £500 and then were required to order the paint via SW1 at a cost of £50 a tin. They have no idea or do not care how much they waste each year as long as they get paid.
[quote][p][bold]Gem64[/bold] wrote: While I congratulate the artistic skills of those involved in the actual painting of the mural and it is an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their skills. Come on a £1,000 are you having a laugh? TDBC you really do take the proverbial out of us council tax payers at times. STOP wasting our money, STOP deciding how to spend our money on things like this, good grief, what ever happened to money well spent, if you had said £100 to cover the cost of the paint then I think that would have been a fair price and possibly acceptable.[/p][/quote]Well said, expect they despatched a surveyor to estimate how much paint was needed at a cost of £500 and then were required to order the paint via SW1 at a cost of £50 a tin. They have no idea or do not care how much they waste each year as long as they get paid. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 5

2:33pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Slow down! says...

I'd be amazed if the paint cost more than £40!

Someone should put in a Freedom of Information request to the Council to see how the costs breakdown!
I'd be amazed if the paint cost more than £40! Someone should put in a Freedom of Information request to the Council to see how the costs breakdown! Slow down!
  • Score: 4

5:04pm Wed 2 Apr 14

GoingGreen says...

On closer inspection, it is a tad underwhelming.
On closer inspection, it is a tad underwhelming. GoingGreen
  • Score: 1

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