Chartist mural to be re-created in library

HISTORY: The Chartist mural which is to be re-created and displayed at Newport Central Library when the original is destroyed as part of the city centre redevelopment

HISTORY: The Chartist mural which is to be re-created and displayed at Newport Central Library when the original is destroyed as part of the city centre redevelopment

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NEWPORT’S historic Chartist mural which will be demolished to make for the city centre redevelopment is to be recreated on ceramic tiles and displayed in Newport Central Library.

The image representing the Chartist Uprising of 1839 which ended in bloodshed outside the Westgate Hotel will be re-made with the approval of the original artist Kenneth Budd’s son Oliver.

It was the preferred option of residents who took part in a recent consultation and the council is working to find the £22,000 cost.

Cabinet member for leisure and culture, councillor Mike Hamilton, said: “Although it is a shame the original mural cannot be preserved, this option will see it recreated just yards from its original home and will keep it on display for future generations to discover and enjoy.”

Plans to demolish the 34-year-old wall art, built in the tunnel between John Frost Square and Austin Friars to make way for the Frairs Walk development, sparked fury among thousands who signed a petition against it in 2007.

It won a reprieve when the scheme fell through in 2009, but as plans for the new scheme are to be discussed next week, residents were asked for their views on what should replace it.

Other suggestions, which were rejected, included recreating one section of the original mural costing £50,000, to make a reinterpretation of the original which would be displayed at another city centre location, or to make a new Chartistthemed artwork.

Built in 1978, the mural is 35-metre long and is made up of more than 200,000 pieces of broken tile and Venetian smalti.

The council said the original would be impossible to preserve and too expensive to reconstruct.

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11:01am Thu 22 Mar 12

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Rubbish, just like our clock, its too expensive. You cant out a price on our cultural heritage. if they take down the berlin wall images and transplant elsewhere so the bean counters at the civic can splash the cash. The mural in a museum, what tosh, just like our clock. its an attraction which should be out in the open. Rubbish, think again you civic centre bean counters. We want it taken down and resited.
Rubbish, just like our clock, its too expensive. You cant out a price on our cultural heritage. if they take down the berlin wall images and transplant elsewhere so the bean counters at the civic can splash the cash. The mural in a museum, what tosh, just like our clock. its an attraction which should be out in the open. Rubbish, think again you civic centre bean counters. We want it taken down and resited. Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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11:33am Thu 22 Mar 12

Owain Vaughan says...

That is impossible. It cannot be taken down as it is cemented onto bricks which form an integral part of the tunnel wall. Once the tunnel wall is demolished for the new shopping centre the mural goes with it.

You do want a new shopping centre, don't you?
That is impossible. It cannot be taken down as it is cemented onto bricks which form an integral part of the tunnel wall. Once the tunnel wall is demolished for the new shopping centre the mural goes with it. You do want a new shopping centre, don't you? Owain Vaughan
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11:38am Thu 22 Mar 12

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Tory propoganda, next we will have another North Korean Poster hailing what a great idea it is to demolish it all. Tosh, get some art type to remove it. lets see the costings.
Tory propoganda, next we will have another North Korean Poster hailing what a great idea it is to demolish it all. Tosh, get some art type to remove it. lets see the costings. Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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1:23pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Owain Vaughan says...

The full report has costings. Read it yourself:

http://www.newport.g
ov.uk/stellent/group
s/public/documents/r
eport/cont643901.pdf
The full report has costings. Read it yourself: http://www.newport.g ov.uk/stellent/group s/public/documents/r eport/cont643901.pdf Owain Vaughan
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1:41pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Dee-Gee says...

wb Owain :)

The cost of transplanting the whole mural was about £200K IIRC.

I'm happy with the idea of recreating it in tiles, but it seems a **** shame to hide it in the library. Murals are art's "outdoors voice". The ones in the civic centre are a prime example of great art, unloved.

Can't we kill two birds with one stone and use it as part of the Market refurbishment?
wb Owain :) The cost of transplanting the whole mural was about £200K IIRC. I'm happy with the idea of recreating it in tiles, but it seems a **** shame to hide it in the library. Murals are art's "outdoors voice". The ones in the civic centre are a prime example of great art, unloved. Can't we kill two birds with one stone and use it as part of the Market refurbishment? Dee-Gee
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1:45pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

My thaughts lend to a step back at how that state of the art open plan 1970's Kingsway centre was the way forward. We need to keep what culture we have before surrendering ourselves to whims of the next folly. 1. street art 2. railway station etc
My thaughts lend to a step back at how that state of the art open plan 1970's Kingsway centre was the way forward. We need to keep what culture we have before surrendering ourselves to whims of the next folly. 1. street art 2. railway station etc Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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1:53pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Just perused the report. Its led by the regeneration officer who is going to be slightly biased in favour of any old developer. Just look at how the railway station mushroomed out of disabled lifts and walkway into station relocation, shambles. I see no contractor costings, all smells rather iffy to me. Another folly in the offing i fear.
Just perused the report. Its led by the regeneration officer who is going to be slightly biased in favour of any old developer. Just look at how the railway station mushroomed out of disabled lifts and walkway into station relocation, shambles. I see no contractor costings, all smells rather iffy to me. Another folly in the offing i fear. Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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2:08pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Dee-Gee says...

Maybe the developers could be persuaded to relocate it into Friar's Walk when it's finished.
Maybe the developers could be persuaded to relocate it into Friar's Walk when it's finished. Dee-Gee
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3:59pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Lets hope so
Lets hope so Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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6:36pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Dave on his Soapbox says...

Ever watched the TV programme Monster Moves....where there's a will there's a way.....the council would rather waste £750k of taxpayers money revamping the Market to try and remedy the last refurb that was the death nail or the refurb of old train station which Network rail considered too costly.....when it suits their designs on Newport....the money can be found.....when it's something we want....it's not practical or too costly. Anyone can produce a report that provides the outcome they want.....look at the consultation on recycling.....as I recall around 97 people were questioned....with leading questions....that lead the council to introduce the policy they wanted....biased or what!
Ever watched the TV programme Monster Moves....where there's a will there's a way.....the council would rather waste £750k of taxpayers money revamping the Market to try and remedy the last refurb that was the death nail or the refurb of old train station which Network rail considered too costly.....when it suits their designs on Newport....the money can be found.....when it's something we want....it's not practical or too costly. Anyone can produce a report that provides the outcome they want.....look at the consultation on recycling.....as I recall around 97 people were questioned....with leading questions....that lead the council to introduce the policy they wanted....biased or what! Dave on his Soapbox
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7:08pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Dave on his Soapbox says...

Secondly....anyone remember the old Post Office redevelopment in High Street?....the façade was supported while the old building was demolished and the new offices and shops built to incorporate it…..why couldn’t the new cinema or what evers going there utilise it some how?
Secondly....anyone remember the old Post Office redevelopment in High Street?....the façade was supported while the old building was demolished and the new offices and shops built to incorporate it…..why couldn’t the new cinema or what evers going there utilise it some how? Dave on his Soapbox
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3:11am Sun 25 Mar 12

Dee-Gee says...

Is that the one near the Old Green Roundabout end of town by the NCP? If so, I thought they were already in use? Happy to be corrected, though
Is that the one near the Old Green Roundabout end of town by the NCP? If so, I thought they were already in use? Happy to be corrected, though Dee-Gee
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