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Mural Trail for Painted Boxes
02 Oct 2021
by Cathy Block

The much loved decorated 'BT boxes' in Shrewsbury town centre are to be featured in a new 'mini mural' trail later this year.
Visitors and locals have delighted in seeing the progress of the individual artworks as more than a dozen dull green boxes have been brought to life by local artists during the summer, in vibrant colours.
The boxes, which should properly be called Openreach cabinets, have attracted great attention - with many asking if they could be represented in some sort of trail, for children to follow to find them all.
The project has now been completed, with the final cabinet now finished in Mardol Head.
Emma Molyneux, of Shrewsbury BID, which coordinated the project, said: "We have been absolutely delighted by the response. People have been stopping to take photographs and the murals are a hot topic of conversation throughout the town.

“All of the artists have done an amazing job. We asked them to come up with designs using the theme of animals, linking with the location of each individual cabinet.

“We are now in the process of creating a mural trail so people can follow a map around the town centre to spot every one.

“It’s a lovely way of brightening up the town centre by using objects which would ordinarily be part of the background - we want to say a big thank you to the artists and to Openreach for agreeing for the cabinets to be used in this way.”

The final cabinet to be treated to an artistic makeover was at the top of Mardol Head, becoming the finishing touch to the improvement works as part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package delivered by Shropshire Council.

Councillor Ed Potter, Shropshire Council portfolio holder for economic growth, regeneration and planning, said: “These murals are absolutely wonderful and have made a real difference to the town centre already.

“It is yet another way to make Shrewsbury more appealing to residents, shoppers and workers and I want to thank the artists and Openreach for allowing it to happen.”

Top Row, Left to Right: Amy Smith's box at Greyfriars Bridge, Casi Worrall's box at Kingsland Bridge, Charlotte Tisdale's box at St Johns Hill and Cherie Jerrard's box at Fish Street
Second Row, Left to Right: Emma Williams' box at Roushill, Gisela Robinson's boxes at Abbey Foregate and Mardol Head and Hannah Chumbley's box at Pride Hill
Third Row, Left to Right: Jenni Cornall's box at St Johns Hill, Leah Hatton's box at Gullet Passage, Matt Sewell's box at Shoplatch and Naomi Sampson's box at Castle Foregate
Bottom Row: Saffron Russell's box at Bear Steps