Graffiti-covered Worcester wall to become celebration of city's musical past - The Worcester Observer

Graffiti-covered Worcester wall to become celebration of city's musical past

Worcester Editorial 3rd Apr, 2024   0

A GRAFFITI-covered wall on a busy Worcester walkway is set for a vibrant makeover thanks to city students and world-famous artist Rob Draper.

City artist Rob has been working with University of Worcester students to design a special mural celebrating the city’s musical heritage.

It will be painted on the wall between the university’s new Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building and the Green Self Storage building on the walkway connecting Hylton Road and Hardwicke Close.

Work on the mural is scheduled to begin around Wednesday, April 10, and will take roughly six days to complete.

The design has a quote by legendary city composer Sir Edward Elgar at its heart and features many elements reflecting Worcester’s musical past.

Rob said: “I hope that the colour palette is uplifting and that the Edward Elgar quote that is location specific to Worcester has a broad, positive and personal appeal to viewers.




“Working with the students has been effortless.

“It has been creative and engaging, throwing in ideas, and experimenting, trying different concepts and they’re all committed to making it as good a project as it can be.”


A poem, written by one of the students taking part, is being placed in text and braille at either end of the mural.

It was the idea of student Cosmin Popescu, who added: “Art is something which is predominantly seen with the eyes, but if we can take it to the next level and make it more sensory, society becomes more inclusive.

“People who have visual impairments deserve to know that there are artists out there who have them in mind and that we fight for them to have a stronger connection with art.”

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