Students create stunning mural on canal bridge at Dudbridge
A VIVID underwater seascape now adorns the wall of a canal bridge in Dudbridge thanks to students at Archway School.
Sixteen sixth former students spent seven months designing and preparing the mural, which they completed in just four days recently.
The impressive artwork, which sits alongside the canal, consists of 20 panels and depicts a number of fantasy sea creatures.
Last year, another group from Archway painted a mural on the towpath side of the bridge, depicting scenes in Stroud’s history.
Jonathan Hill, head of art at Archway, said: "I am full of praise for the students who worked hard in really hot conditions.
"The project was a lesson in project management and working together for the students and we are all delighted with the results."
Bursting with bright colours, the mural was painted as part of the Cotswold Canals Knowledge programme, which aims to teach young people by using the canal restoration as a resource.
Paul Weller, Stroud District Council’s volunteer assistant said: "The students did a great job and have really brightened up a dismal bridge – everyone using the towpath will benefit from it."
Those involved said the project would not have been possible without the assistance of several local companies, including Bailey Paints, Travis Perkins, Olympic Cars and McDonald's as well as Cainscross Parish Council.
One further picture of Archway School students from Years 7, 8 and 9 who worked on the footpath and helped install signage along the canal at Capel's Mill will be added tomorrow, Monday.
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