Usworth School - Mark Todman
My first 'non-wildlife' venture into public art came courtesy of local artist Mark Todman who contacted me regarding a project he was undertaking at a nearby school. He liked the style of my 'Tesco fresco' in blending photography with computer imagery and hoped I could do similar with the task he had in mind.
The school in question was celebrating Washington Heritage Day and his idea was to make a banner based on the old colliery marching banners, keeping the traditional look and using archive photographs to show old Usworth and photos he took himself to show Usworth in the present day.
So to illustrate, this is the type of image we were aspiring to :
|And this is the final artwork composed on computer,|
the images in the central tree representing Usworth present,
and the old images underground representing the roots
of the village.
|The finished banner held by some of the kids|
from the school, a similar sized artwork also adorns
a wall inside the school.