Wokingham station set for artistic exterior
Published: 8 Oct 2013 16:300 comments
The artwork is a total of 34 metres long, and was created by 11 artists who complete one or two of the 17 panels each. Members of the public were invited to create the 'onlookers’ of the frieze.
Sue Smith, Chairman of the Wokingham Arts Society, said: “I think it’s wonderful for the town, it started as a simple little idea by us celebrating the jubilee. It’s amazing, the town made such a positive thing of how we know and care about the Queen.”
The frieze depicts a timeline of events from the Queen’s 60-year reign, and was first unveiled on June 3 last year, at The Big Lunch. It was on display in the town hall until June 9 last year.
Gwyneth Hewetson, chairwoman of the town council’s arts and culture committee, said: “We have agreed to sponsor the project in partnership with The Wokingham Society.
“The council’s sponsoring half the project, £2,500, and The Wokingham Society is sponsoring the other half.
“The station is due to open on the 15 or 16 of November, and we are hoping the frieze will open as part of the station opening.”
The frieze, which has been printed on ceramic tiles, will be pride of place outside the station - so even those not travelling can enjoy it. Due to its large size, the frieze has been shrunk to around 1.5 m x 2m in size.
The new Wokingham railway station has undergone a £6 million rebuild and upgrade, and was funded by Wokingham Borough Council, South West Trains and the government’s National Stations Improvement Programme.
Work began on the station 2012, and it is due to be finally completed this November - two months later than expected.
A letter was written from Buckingham Palace last year, on behalf of the Queen, where she commented on the frieze, adding she appreciated the thoughtfulness of the project.