In 2011 we undertook a public art commission for a 15m pedestrian underpass which was built as part of the Four Crosses A483 road improvement scheme.
The project which was funded by the Welsh Government and Powys County Council ran over two phases, the first being a consultation with the community back in 2010, which involved gathering thoughts, information and ideas from various community groups, from open meetings and from the school who provided a wide range of drawings from the area. This then moved to phase 2 with the commission to design and create a ceramic mural.
Artist Ingrid Maugham said about the design "Whilst looking at the OS map of the area, I noticed the interesting relationship between Offa's Dyke, the canal and the old railway - all obviously frequently mentioned in regards to the area - and I used these as the basis/outline for the design. As I 'stretched' these lines and then also mirror-imaged them, this in no way reads as a map though ! The shapes this created also suggest hills/countryside in general."
Carl Sargeant, AM and Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, was at the underpass on the 7th July to unveil the bypass and the plaque which included a look at the Underpass in progress. The design of which includes contemporary and old photographic images, history, memories, children's work collaged onto tiles, themes based on their work and the general requests that it should be 'bright and colourful'! Each child has also contributed one of the sides for the borders of the photographic tiles.
Karen Geddes was the support artist, Rosie Meade-Kemp a volunteer, and contributions were also made by Tony Wainwright, and Arts Connection staff. The plain areas were tiled by Ian Parr. And many thanks to Griffiths and Powys County Council for their help and support.