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Poole BID is excited to announce the soon to be unveiled installation of a beautiful
public art mural on the side wall of 58 High Street, Poole, facing New Orchard.
Thanks to collaboration and funding between Poole BID, Historic England and BCP
Council, work has begun and weather permitting the commission will be completed
by Friday 18th November.

The mural was planned as part of the Cultural Programme for the Poole High Street
Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) with the production of a piece of public art to highlight
one of the shared heritage stories. The mural will feature in the style of work by Philip
Henry Gosse, who lived in Skinner Street in the 19th Century, an author and
illustrator of natural science books, specialising in marine biology and is said to be
one of the first inventors of the indoor aquarium for the home.
During the summer, public consultation was carried out to establish the kind of public
art residents want to see – nature and heritage were favoured themes, which
informed the choice of mural subject.

Paintshop Studio Ltd based in Kingland Crescent, Poole provided the winning tender
for the work that was assessed and judged by a local decision group.
Jacqui Rock, Poole BID Lead said “This has been an exciting project to work on
because not only are we bringing accessible art to the high-street, but I am also
happy to see that we are working with one of our local businesses from Poole Town.
The finished piece will also demonstrate the wonderful heritage that Poole has to
offer, which will be reflected in the artwork for many years to come.”

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