Artist Bruce Williams and local representatives saw the opening and lighting up of new artwork inside the historic GW Underpass in Swindon on Friday 8 June.
Attending with Ian Piper, CEO of Forward Swindon, was Councillor Garry Perkins, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture, Bruce Williams the creator of the ten new artworks, and members of the project team who have helped to make improvements to the tunnel, including redecoration and lighting. Also attending were representatives from local interest groups.
Pictured, right, Bruce Williams with Cllr Garry Perkins and Ian Piper
The ten new artworks represent railway workers through history, right up to modern times. Bruce Williams is an artist who works almost exclusively in the public realm, and has produced artwork for other locations around Swindon. He said: “The characters you can see would probably have used the route under the tracks themselves on their way to and from work. These are regular men and women, who worked on the trains in war and in peace time, come rain or shine.”
The artist used seven photographs from the Steam Museum Archives, and three images are of people working in the industry today. Bruce was joined by one of these, signalman Anthony Rayner AIRO, at the opening.
“On the opposite walls in gleaming letters read the words SWINDON WORKS, which is the name of the site but could also read as a hopeful slogan for the future,” added Bruce. “I’m glad we have been able to breathe new life into the GWR Underpass. It is now a bright and safe, and dare I say it ‘beautiful’ pedestrian route through the town which reflects the historic and contemporary achievement of the railway industry in Swindon.”
Pictured, Bruce Williams with one of his ghostly images.
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