Newland bus shelter was unveiled today in its new community art livery. It’s the first bus shelter to have its artwork installed as part of unique community improvement project; a partnership venture between Witney Town Council and Abingdon and Witney College.
Specially commissioned art work is being used to renovate sixteen of the town’s bus shelters in an initiative designed to refurbish the shelters and discourage vandalism and graffiti. By ‘Adopting a Stop’ businesses have a great opportunity to display their logo on a piece of street furniture and brighten the wait for commuters.
Lewis Saunders Curriculum Manager – Art & Design at Abingdon and Witney college used his expertise, working with art Students to pull together a number of designs that from which complete panels or finer details of large designs can be selected.
The team at Krayma, who are the first local business sponsors of a shelter to undergo the makeover, were on hand to witness the specially commissioned ‘Witney heritage’ themed composition transform the humble piece of street furniture into an eye catching asset.
Mike Dove from Krayma Technical Solutions said;
“As an established local business, we are very supportive of many local community initiatives, events and projects. To get involved with this ‘Bus Shelter Art Project’ as a sponsor from the outset is a privilege for us.
Witney’s a beautiful town and one we’re all proud to live in, but the bus stops around town were looking a little tired.
For Duncan Enright to come up with this fantastic concept, rather than just give them a lick of paint is a superb idea.
To keep it very much a local project, by working with the very talented students at Abingdon and Witney College is brilliant. It’s also a great platform for them to show off their excellent work.
To see many other local businesses get behind this campaign would be great. I am not sure too many other towns do anything like this and it will be a real talking point in the town and further afield.”
Vinyl print company Leach Print, who work closely with the college, installed artwork at the busy stop under the gaze of passers-by and passengers boarding buses at the busy stop, who found the artwork a talking point and were thrilled by the prospect of more shelters to follow suit.
Dave Mullord at Leach Print commented;
“LeachPrint are delighted to be invited and involved in an exciting project for Witney Town Council. Our expert advice on using suitable materials were fitted using our one-way vision vinyl with stunning results.”
The results are indeed stunning – from within the shelter there is a clear view of the street and approaching buses but from outside the windows are clad in a colourful and exciting design which also has a very slight transparency.
Witney’s Mayor, Cllr Chris Woodward is enthused by the project and sees it as the optimum way to rejuvenate the shelters in a way that has benefits across the community;
‘Today, I am proud to introduce Krayma as the first sponsors of our new bus shelter art. This magnificent work will hopefully be the inspiration for others to showcase their talent and bring our bus shelters back to life, each with a unique identity.
I am deeply grateful to Krayma, they capture the essence of what can be achieved in the community if we work together.
My thanks also to the Town Hall officers along with Councillors Holliday and Enright for their Community Services Committee work on bringing this to fruition.’
A number of the town’s shelters are already spoken for but there are lots more to choose from and prices start from as little as £133 + VAT. If your organisation would like to sponsor a shelter please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to express an interest and get more information