May 4, 2014
It’s the pic of the crop
By Murray Scougall
n Artists Will Barras and Amy Winstanley take a break from painting the Rural Mural on the barn at East Knockbrex Farm.
AN old farm shed that is set for demolition has been transformed into a stunning work of art.
The barn is just one of a number of buildings to get the artistic treatment as part of the Rural Mural project in Dumfries and Galloway. Organisers invited local people to offer buildings and other items to be transformed by street artists from around Europe, and the result was a seriesofgiantmuralsupto40metres long. One of the most eye-catching is the old barn at East Knockbrex Farm, near Newton Stewart. It is due to be pulled down in November, and owner Iain Service decided to send it out with a flourish. He said:“I have a real sentimental attachment to this barn. It’s been here all my life. It had reached the end of its life and I was about to knock it down when I heard of Rural Mural. I thought this would be a great way to give it a send-off. “I encouraged the artists to be as bold and bright as they wanted. “It deserved a final fling! It’s also a bit of a local landmark, so I hope it will give drivers a bit of fun when they see it from the road.”
The gable end of the Dalton Pottery Art Café, in Meikle Dyke, Dalton, now sports a huge painting of children at play. Café owner Jenny Finch said: “I’m absolutely delighted with it. “Over the years we have been turning our potter y into a visitor attraction and we have all sorts of artistic creations in the gardens. “This really adds something new and special for visitors.” Among the other items to be given an artistic makeover is an electricity sub-station, a grain silo, a set of aircraft fuel tanks – and even a horse blanket. Rural Mural is part of the arts event Spring Fling. Director Leah Black said:“We are all about bringing art to the widest possible audience and there couldn’t be a better way of doing it than Rural Mural.”