The one that got away

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I made the shortlist for lead artist on a public art project in Trowbridge. It was a housing development by Newland homes on the site of the former Ushers brewery bottling plant. So I proposed a series of beer bottle inspired pieces to celebrate the Ushers heritage and bed the development in the historic story of the site. Sadly on this occasion I was unsuccessful. Still, it was encouraging to make the shortlist. Here are my drawings, for your interest and delight.



2 thoughts on “The one that got away

  1. What a great idea, Iain. It would have worked so well. I remember working in the Wiltshire Times offices when Ushers bottling plant was in the same street. The smell of hops and sound of rattling bottles in crates is a distant memory so this would have fitted so well. Maybe it is too soon for them? (Folk tend to need a long time for nostalgia to kick in).

  2. Its definitely going ahead – the artist Michael Fairfax was chosen. He’s worth checking out – very good. It will be interesting to see what he makes. I think we all responded quite accurately to the brief, so not much to choose between us, and Michael won because he offered a greater variety of media. I dont think that was something you could have predicted at the outset though. Good luck to him and better luck to me next time!

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