02:57AM, Tuesday 09 July 2013
A 23-year-old HGV driver has been chosen to be one of the creative forces behind a new art project that will transform Maidenhead town centre's subways.
Part-time artist Emma Ryan will work with Maidenhead’s Art on the Street on a commission for the St Cloud Way subway as part of a new £197,000 project from the Royal Borough.
The former Cox Green School pupil's cut-paper designs of trees from Kidwells Park will be scaled up using galvanised steel to give the underpass an attractive new look.
Her work will be complimented by sounds from around the town, recorded by sound artist Simon Fielder.
Art on the Street's Marie Leonard said Maidenhead is a ‘hotbed of talent’ and was excited to have a team from the town working to make it a brighter, more attractive place.
"You should have art in Maidenhead that's created by local people," she said.
"We want it to be a beautiful, polished piece of work that people can be proud of.
"When towns start to look good people start to have more confidence in them. I think it's really the start of something beautiful."
The Town Moor subway will also get a makeover from artist David Ward, and the underpasses in Frascati Way and West Street will be repaired, repainted and re-lit.
Cllr M J Saunders, cabinet member for planning, said: "We are delighted that Maidenhead’s own Art on the Street will be bringing their energy and innovation to St Cloud Way and equally pleased that David Ward, will be developing ideas for Town Moor."
The project is part of the £1.3m council investment in Maidenhead town centre, which includes new signs, landscaping and the repaving of the High Street, which starts on Monday.
Work on all four subways will be unveiled in April.
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