Murals of South Wales from Newport
This wall mural was commissioned by Newport City Council
in the Summer of 2008 for the Reception area at Newport's main cemetery
- St Woolos Cemetery. The brief was to paint a mural that was related
to Newport and the cemetery, and was also tranquil in mood.
The mural is painted on all of the vertical surfaces of
the room. The room has five or six walls, one window, one hatch,
one open doorway and one door, and so the commission proved quite
a challenge. I decided to take as my starting point the view from
Ridgeway in Newport, about half a mile from the cemetery, and one
of Newport's highest points.
I tried to depict a 360 degree view from Ridgeway, but had to modify
the view quite a bit both to fit it onto the spaces available in
the room and to increase the tranquil mood of the mural, but the
view is still immediately recognisable to most Newportonians.
The mural benefited from suggestions by cemetery staff and
visitors, hence the squirrels, dog and other things you will find
St Woolos cemetery is one of the oldest municipal cemeteries in
the UK, and has quite a few well-known people buried there. Its
other claim to fame is that Joe Strummer, of The Clash, once worked
there as a gravedigger.
The mural is around 32 feet in length and about 9 feet high,
and took me a month to complete.
The Reception area is open to the public, so you can go along and
see it during normal working hours (9.00-13.00 and 14.00 to 16.30
Monday to Thursday, and until 16.00 on Fridays).