A giant mural celebrating the history of Warrington and some of its iconic people is set to go on display as part of a rebrand at Birchwood Communty High School.
Featuring some famous students who have gone on to become famous like George Sampson, the 16ft wide artistic celebration has been created by Manchester artist Justin Eagleton, who has created some iconic work including the Hacienda themed Bee outside the Print Works.
Explaining the idea behind the mural head teacher Emma Mills said: “We are working on rebranding the school in line with how we are moving forward as a school. We are focusing on our key values of aspiration, knowledge and kindness.
“As part of our focus on aspiration, we wanted a real centrepiece in school that linked to our wonderful town and celebrated iconic figures from Warrington and a focus on our ex students who have gone on to achieve amazing things.We are also a great believer that our environment reflects our state of mind so work very hard to ensure our school is inspiring and calming and we wanted this piece of art as the catalyst for our regeneration project across the school.
“I have worked with Justin before and know how hugely talented he is – he has created a number of iconic pieces of art around Manchester, including the Hacienda themed Bee and a moral outside the Print Works.
I knew that he was definitely the right person for the job and he jumped at the chance to be able to create such a memorable piece that celebrates Warrington and will inspire students and staff at our school for many years to come.”
Artist Justin said: “I have been working in collaboration with Emma Mills, head teacher at Birchwood High School (BCHS), to produce this large format artwork to go on display within the main school environment. My artwork features many inspiring people who are from Warrington, have lived there or attended BCHS in the past alongside much of the rich history from the town.
I’ve included household names such as musician and performer George Sampson, Premier League footballers, David Brooks and Jesse Lingard and Royle family actress, Sue Johnstone amongst many other iconic people.
“This 16ft wide artistic creation will soon be seen by thousands of students, staff and the wider community in its new home at BHS and I hope it brings much love and inspiration to all who see it and appreciate the vibrant history and success the school and Warrington has created throughout the years.”
Justin Eagleton – Artist Instagram: justin_eagleton and website: www.justineagleton.co.uk