Wolverhampton artwork celebrates landmarks and history

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Credit: West Midlands Railway

West Midlands Railway has announced that a new piece of artwork can now be found in the waiting room on platform one at Wolverhampton station.

The large mural measures more than 10 metres wide and 3 metres tall and has been produced by local student, Coree Bridgen.

The new artwork celebrates Wolverhamptons landmarks and history and includes references to Molineux, Prince Albert’s Statue, a giant wolf, The Black Country Flag and Banks’s Park Brewery – where Coree’s grandad worked for over 30 years.

Coree’s design was chosen as the winner of a competition arranged by staff at the station.

The impressive mural can be found inside the waiting room on platform one, by the main information desk, and will be on display until the autumn.

£150m is currently being spent on a new transport hub at the station, to connect Wolverhampton’s rail services to local buses and trams. The first phase of work is due to be completed this autumn – with the project due to be fully completed next year (2020).

What did the officials say?

Coree, said:

“I am thankful for the opportunity of painting the mural. The staff at the station were very welcoming and I enjoyed our conversations. I would like to say thank you to Andy for being a big help and my fantastic art teachers at St Matthias School. Without them, none of this would have happened. I hope this piece will allow me to have future opportunities with other businesses.”

Wolverhampton station manager Mel Bryett, said:

“Coree’s design is fantastic, and reflects perfectly what my team had in mind for the hoarding – something that links to local landmarks and symbols. The city is undergoing a lot of change at the moment – particularly around the station – but we still wanted the lounge to be inviting for passengers during these works.

“We have had some great feedback from passengers while Coree has been hard at work, and would encourage anyone passing through the station to come and have a look at what has been achieved – as it is truly magnificent!”

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