Shark artists reel in new ideas

By Rob George Thursday 04 October 2012 Updated: 09/10 10:40

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The ‘Great White’ shark which had been around the Netherwich Basin. (s)

DROITWICH's 'Great White Shark' has finally been taken into captivity after spending the summer in the Netherwich Basin.

The huge 608sq ft 'Extreme Fishing' mural has been a feature on the wall close to the Malvern Tyres depot since the town's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June.

The mural was unveiled at the end of a month-long effort by the Droitwich Arts Network (DAN) to create a jointly-painted mural to be visible along the water from Vines Park.

Adults and children were invited to paint one of the squares and help the network complete the mammoth task of filling the huge masterpiece which marked the Jubilee and enhanced the marina itself.

The artwork also raised cash for Macmillan Cancer Support but John Bodley, Richard Jones, John Drury, Sandy Laird and Peter Hawkins all took to the water on Monday (October 1) to take it down.

And now the shark is in safe hands, network members want to hear from creative Spa residents about ideas for next year's mural.

Arts Network chairman Peter Hawkins, said: "I am sure that something exciting will appear next year.

"The subject should be interesting, amusing and ideally have some link to Droitwich. The more tenuous the better though as

then people find out more about the town.

"The design should not be too complicated as fine detail cannot be seen at a distance and we will be involving the public in painting it," he added.

A small prize will be given to the best idea submitted by January 7 next year and all designs must cover the area of the mural which is 64 foot wide and eight foot high.

Anyone with a bright idea is asked to e-mail dan@droitwichspa.com or call Peter Hawkins on 07766 415094.

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