“Wrexham, Look Up!!”

There’s a brand new arts installation in Central Arcade thanks to local Building Art Project Volunteer, Wayne Price.

The “Wrexham, Look Up!!” installation is made up of over 200 brightly coloured paper globes above the shops in the Arcade. They’ve gradually gone up over the last few days and now the final touches have been made to complete the work. And they look fantastic 🙂

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They’ve already caused a bit of a media storm with comments such as “beautiful”, “amazing”, “lovely”, “pretty”, “cool” and “brilliant” appearing on various posts.

“Chance meeting”

The idea came about during a chance meeting in a café between Central Arcade shop owner of Abode Above, Daphne Roberts and Wrexham Building Art Project Volunteer Lead, Wayne Price.

They decided to work together to brighten up the shopping area with the aim of reminding people that Central Arcade is a charming place to visit, this resulted in the “Wrexham, Look Up!!” globes.

“Gem in the heart of Wrexham”

Daphne said, “The feedback so far has been overwhelming, everyone loves it. We need people to know that Central Arcade is a gem in the heart of Wrexham, as well as home to a number of small, independent businesses. So please look up, look around, support your local independents and tell everyone that ‘Central Arcade is so much more than a thoroughfare”

Wayne Price said, “As always there is a lot of people to thank for putting together a project of this size. Thanks first of all to Daphne, Steven, Angie of RedCrafts and all the traders of Central Arcade for their help, vision and desire to get this project done thank you to the landlords of Central Arcade for their permission, Thank you to the volunteers on the day, Daphne, Christian, Angie and Sharon Rogers.”

This isn’t the first time Wayne has been at work in the town centre. In November he was behind a remembrance mural on Bank Street – the first of his projects and more recently he’s revisited Bank Street to spruce up a few more buildings.

You can read about the 100 year remembrance mural in the article below.

Where did that come from?

The Mayor, Cllr Andy Williams, visited the installation as it was close to completion. He said: “Wayne is to be congratulated for his initiatives which are creatively improving the appearance of some of our older buildings. They’re all very appropriate for the buildings themselves and I know visitors to the town centre are very appreciative of his originality and hard work in completing the projects to date.”

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