Cable car building set for revamp

PUBLISHED: 12:19 17 July 2012

Artist Richard Blaker's impression of how the building could look

Artist Richard Blaker's impression of how the building could look


A RUN-DOWN building in a Somerset village is set to be revamped with a mural painted by schoolchildren and a local artist.

Longleat Estates will enlist help from Cheddar First School and Cheddar Middle School youngsters to paint a mural on the Cox’s Mill in The Cliffs.

The ‘Wonder of the Gorge’ painting will improve the appearance of the building, which has drawn criticism from traders and residents in the past after being covered in graffiti.

Since Longleat Estates’ public consultation on plans to build cable cars in the village in March, the graffiti has been removed and the building is set to be revamped and could play a major part in the scheme if it comes to fruition.

Local artist Richard Blaker said: “I was delighted to be contacted by Longleat to get involved in such an exciting project and I’ve waited my whole career for an opportunity to create art on this scale.”

The mural will be painted over the next three weeks, in a series of vistas painted along the front of the former hotel.

The backdrops will show the caves and landscape of the gorge.

Sue Knight, head of humanities at Cheddar First School and Fairlands Middle School, said: “The children are very excited to be involved in this project knowing that their artwork will be displayed to everyone passing through and visiting Cheddar Gorge. We also plan use the mural as an example in school to teach ecology, biology and geography to pupils.”

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