Jane Matthews of Shetland Arts explained, “We’re so pleased to have had such positive engagement from the community over the voting process, thank you to everyone that took the time to have their say. I’m delighted that the two chosen designs will add to the LOCUS art trail - an open-air art gallery for all!”
The two winning designs, by Gavin Renshaw and Cobolt Collective, will be painted in July or August. Jane Matthews continues, “Mural painting is an art in itself, requiring a distinct skillset and lots of experience to work at scale in harsh environments. With well-established UK-wide reputations these artists are going to bring such high-quality work to our streets”.
Gavin Renshaw’s work will be painted on two adjacent walls on Commercial Street, on the side wall of Bayes and the side wall of No.88, down Peterson’s Closs. The intention is to create a dialogue between the two. Gavin explains, “I wanted to keep my design quite playful in response to the brief yet still have a deeper undercurrent of meaning hidden within the two walls. The concept behind the work was to look at the intrinsic relationship and historical connection that Shetland has between land and sea in regard to not only livelihood and travel but in the spiritual and primal sense of ancient and future culture.