Just as the pandemic took hold, our art department at Totton College began a project in conjunction with the local council in Totton, Hampshire, and Southwestern Railways to produce a mural for the Totton railway station. It has taken nearly three years to finally achieve that goal.
How it happened
2022’s Level 3, first year group had the task of taking this project over and it was a fun development journey for the students. This brilliant project gave them opportunities for work experience and portfolio building that also counts towards one of their course units. The council also conducted public consultations with the community, and the final design was voted for by the people of Totton and Eling.
Initial ideas were first generated and through the watchful eyes of our client, Amy, feedback was constructively given to guide the students towards the vision of the council and Southwestern Railways. Once ideas were developed, a shortlist was drawn up to select four worthy contenders for the overall design. These four winners had their final designs presented on the council website for the public to vote on. There was a clear winner, and that person was Ceara Taggart who had clearly understood the brief and the requirements of the client.
The mural has been digitally transferred to a graffiti proof metal which has been affixed to the wall in the station where the mural now sits.
Ceara, Amy and others from the town council, and members of Totton College were invited to the grand unveiling, meeting for photographs and seeing the mural in place for the first time. It’s great to see a happy ending to the project after all this time.
See the final design below
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