Animal Magic: Colorful Murals on Shrewsbury’s “Hidden Objects”


Hannah Chumbley with her creation on Wyle Cop

Shrewsbury BID has partnered with BT to encourage artists to get creative with phone and internet cable boxes in the city center.

The boxes are mostly painted dark green by BT and many pass by without a second glance, but now five boxes stand out as works of art in their own right.

The artists Saffron Russell, Hannah Chumbley, Cherie Jerrad, Naomi Sampson and Emma Williams have each created a colorful mural on the subject of animals from a box – inspired by the flags that flutter over the high street as part of the national Great Big Art Exhibition.

Artist Hannah Chumbley

Hannah Chumbley, who painted the closet at the head of Wyle Cop, said, “It was wonderful to be part of this project and I’m proud to have created a mural for our beautiful city and brightened up a BT box.

“When I was introduced to the animal theme and I knew which box I was going to get, I thought it would be nice to combine the surrounding buildings with the design.

“It was a pleasure to paint and walk past today. It was really nice to see people stop and look around. “

Emma Molyneux of Shrewsbury BID said the murals had already attracted a lot of attention.

“Even when the artists were painting them, people were taking pictures and sharing them on social media, it was a really positive response,” she said.

“We asked the artists to create a mural that ties in with the location of the BT-Box and creates a connection to the subject of animals.

“For example, the image near Bear Steps shows a picture of a bear taking a bath in a giant cup of tea, and one on top of the Wyle Cop shows a fox and a lion joining the surrounding buildings.

“We love the way the murals look and it’s a fantastic way to creatively use important but hidden objects in the city center.

“We’ve done five of the boxes so far and hope to do more in the future and create a path that people can follow through town.”

Openreach’s Craig Brown said, “These designs are truly amazing as they are produced by incredibly talented artists.

“Artwork is always a matter of personal opinion, and I think that turning our closets into works of art can distract and discourage the antisocial behavior that they often face in certain areas.

“This encourages artists to freely share their work, be creative and colorful in the community, and beautify the daily lives of the Shrewsbury people. And let’s not forget that not only have these cabinets been given a new lease of life, they also provide Shrewsbury with super-fast broadband. “

Saffron Russell, who painted the box with bear designs near Bear Steps, added, “Painting the BT box around town was a wonderful Shrewsbury BID opportunity and I was very grateful to be part of such an amazing group of local artists to be.

“I had a lot of fun interacting with the community while painting, and noticed that passers-by seemed really excited about the murals and the brightening of the city. My design was inspired by Bear Steps and all the great cafes nearby. “


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