Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Potteries Centre art work

The Potteries Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, is typical of many such shopping arcades in the UK.  We have been shopping there for many years and always walk from the car park past many splendid wall murals on the way to the shops.
In the main stair well is a homage to the potteries industry at its peak in the 19th century.  The busy scene shows the bottle ovens and the thick pall of coal smoke in the air.
By the pay machines is a canal scene to represent the importance of these waterways in the development of the pottery factories.  A commemoration to Arnold Bennett is obscured by the placement of the machines.
Oatcake stand by the entrance to the bridge that joins the car park to the shopping area.  Staffordshire oatcakes being a local delicacy.
On returning to the car park we invariably go down with the Titanic.  Captain Edward John Smith R.D. R.N.R. was born in Hanley and went down with this ship in 1912.

The works seen here and others were painted by local artist David G Light, though not all of them are signed and some are currently obscured by parking machines.

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