An old railway tunnel in Arnold has been brought back to life by talented artists who have used it to create a new mural showing an illustrated history of the town.
The tunnel, which is located behind Arnot Hill Park, on what was once a railway track, has been given a new design as part of celebrations of the 100 year anniversary of Arnot Hill Park.
The mural, which completely covers the tunnel, was created by participants of the City Arts Express Yourself project, which supports young people’s emotional health and wellbeing and resilience through creative activities. Members of the public also took part in painting the mural as part of the parks centenary celebration event in July.
The design takes inspiration from local history, wildlife and iconic features of Arnot Hill Park, including paintings of brass bands, picnics, lawn bowls, birds, ducks and more.
It took 12 weeks, 11 volunteers and around 100 members of the public to complete the design.
The new mural was officially unveiled yesterday by the Mayor of Gedling, Councillor Sandra Barnes. Also in attendance will be participants from the City Arts Express Yourself project and artist Amy Nicholson who worked on the project.
Portfolio Holder for Environment at Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Peter Barnes said: “What a transformation! The new mural looks fantastic. The artists have managed to really capture the history of the park and showcase it in this design. I’d like to thank everyone involved, City Arts, who have ran a brilliant project as usual, and all the volunteers and members of the public who helped produce the finished design.
Alma Solarte-Tobon, creative producer at City Arts, said he was incredibly proud of the work that had been produced by the volunteers.
He said: “The work our young participants have done creating this mural for Arnot Hill Park is incredible. Thanks to Gedling Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council for supporting the project, and artist Amy Nicholson for her help making the young people’s designs a reality. We hope the people of Gedling will enjoy it for many years to come.”
Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor John Handley said: “This impressive mural is a great addition to the park which I’m sure will be enjoyed by residents and visitors.
“It’s is a great example of how the Local Improvement Scheme is helping give young people a chance to hone their creative skills and benefit the local community. Projects like these can also help increase young people’s confidence and emotional wellbeing.”