I have been invited to create a public art piece in enamel for the Bath Road in Cheltenham. This is the calm before the storm, my studio is set up to do the full scale drawing for the commission.
After the initial flattery I now have that, oh my goodness, how big?! feeling. Yes, seven and a half feet by three and a half fills the wall of my studio.
It will be a lovely thing to do as I live around the corner from the Bath Road and am part of this community. Cheltenham Connect www.cheltenhamconnect.co.uk and the Bath Road Traders Association www.bathroadonline.co.uk want a piece of work commemorating the economic history of the road.
There are businesses trading here that have been in the road for 200 years. I want to celebrate that constancy, rare in our fast moving age.
The Bath Road is full of independent traders and still looks like the original high street from my childhood.
A daunting project, but I am looking forward to working with a UWE college Rachel Davis and will be given a great deal of technical support from John at Hy-Tech Enamellers www.hytechenamellers.co.uk
So into the breech of public art commissions...am I hearing the intake of breath from those of you who have embarked on this sort of project?