Artwork showcases town community spirit

A set of murals on the area known as the bike sheds celebrates the community spirit created by the coronavirus pandemic. 

This stunning piece of art which illustrates the community spirit shown in Blackburn during the pandemic is brightening up the town centre.

Blackburn town centre has some amazing public art already so in collaboration with Blackburn Business Improvement District we commission this positive, uplifting artwork which marks the impact of Covid-19 on the Blackburn community, and which can become a ‘must-see’ on a visit to the town centre. 

Placed in the heart of the town, the highly detailed installation was created by award-winning artist Alexandra Gallagher, who was closely involved with the Blackburn Open Walls project. She was tasked with creating a piece of digital artwork to reflect how Blackburn has responded to Covid-19 in a project commissioned by Blackburn BID and The Mall. 

The work has been printed on to boarding and installed by Blackburn BID member Parkinson Signs in the area known as the ‘bike sheds’, adjacent to Lord Street West.

Alexandra created a piece of art that reflects how the pandemic has affected Blackburn.

The large-scale work took just two weeks to create, and features rainbows and symbols of hope, diversity and change.She also used the colour yellow quite prominently. It’s the colour of the #loveforthelost yellow ribbon campaign, and also the colour symbolising friendship.