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Artistry set to brighten up Coventry bus station


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A new mural, inspired by James Starley, is currently being painted onto the side of Pool Meadow station. Its location is alongside Sprinkles Gelato and facing the entrance to Lady Herbert’s Garden.

The design incorporates bright colours and features an Ariel bicycle as a tribute to Coventry’s own James Starley, an inventor and manufacturer widely considered to be the father of the bicycle industry.

The mural itself comes as part of several planned art pieces for Pool Meadow, funded by The West Midlands Combined Authority and delivered in partnership with Transport for West Midlands.

Angry Dan, who created the initial design for the bespoke painting, is a poet and street artist, best known for painting his limericks as colourful murals. The wall had already been painted white in preparation, and the mural was started on Monday, 15 March.

The mural will also contain this limerick written by Angry Dan: 

James Starley reveals,

His vision of life on two wheels,

The people, alike,

Can all ride a bike,

And soon, we’ll be head over heels.

He commented: “The limerick was inspired by the significant social transformation brought about by the bicycle. The invention gave people from all backgrounds the ability to travel miles in any direction of their choosing.

“Notably, the bicycle is regarded as giving women greater freedom, and so is considered by many to be a feminist icon.”

In April 2020, Coventry City Council, in partnership with the Coventry City of Culture Trust and Creative Giants, posted a call-out for artists who wanted to be a part of celebrating Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture. 

An artist database was created, and opportunities were posted for artists to share and submit their ideas for various projects around the city centre.

Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “This is an eye-catching design, and it will brighten up this corner outside Pool Meadow.

“It’s fantastic to be able to work with Angry Dan to incorporate art into this space, and I’m looking forward to seeing the mural finished.”


Written by: David Watkins

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