Created by international artists Hayley Garner and Christian Fenn, this bold contemporary artwork celebrates Kirkham’s rich heritage.
As an artwork alone, it animates the street scene and has already received much popular acclaim.
Those seeking a deeper meaning will also not be disappointed.
Commissioned by Kirkham Cultural Consortium, and co- created with the local community, it is a visual tribute to Kirkham, celebrating its rich heritage, natural beauty, and its unwavering spirit.
The mural is central to ,”The Romans are Back in Kirkham”, a cultural programme that includes a community archaeology project and a heritage inspired lantern festival, which is being delivered by Positive Placemakers CIC.
Inspired by medieval illuminated letters, the design centres around the letter 'K'. The vibrant colours beckon viewers from afar, inviting them to delve deeper into the layers of history and nature.
The work is full of symbolism, referencing the towns industrial past and the Roman Fort that once existed. Magpies and a Robin signify both joy and renewal.
The wild poppy is a heartfelt homage to the people from Kirkham who fought, who sacrificed and who are forever etched in the town's history.
Flax flowers, the spool of cotton and the sail cloth, pay tribute to the local textile industry.
The foxglove, commonly found in the area, symbolises strength and resilience. While the oats pay homage to Kirkham's rich agricultural legacy.
The red Roman pillar stands tall acting as the backbone of the mural, a reminder of the ancient civilizations that once tread this land. Its inclusion serves as a bridge between the past and the present.
The mural has been commissioned by Kirkham Cultural Consortium, as part of Kirkham’s Historic England, High Street Action Zone Cultural Programme for 2023/ 2024.
The project is funded by Historic England, through Kirkham's High Street Action Zone Cultural Programme, National Heritage Lottery Fund , Future High Street Fund Lancashire County Council Culture and Sports fund, Fylde Borough Council and Kirkham Town Council
Visit the youtube link here to see the Mural as it developed.
Photography and videography by Mark Herrington