Saturday, August 18, 2012

Olympic Mural, Sandbed Street

Our newest artwork here in Kilmarnock, I went down to see it two days ago. Sandbed Street, beside the river in the town centre, used to be a bit of a mess but the council has now cleaned it up and started making other improvements. This striking mural is very eye-catching and is the work of Frank Carty of nearby Newmilns.

The idea came from town centre manager, Fiona Nicolson, as part of the plans to regenerate the area.

The four local heroes depicted are triathlete Gregor Grant of Kilmarnock, karate expert David Coulter (Knockintiber), swimmer Alan Jardine (Hurlford) and boccia player Jamie McCowan (Dundonald). All four men carried the Olympic torch through the town recently.

It's certainly a huge improvement and I hope that more murals and other ways to make this old street, and indeed the whole area, more attractive, are in the pipeline.

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