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Isle Of Wight Celebration Mural Mooted For East Cowes

An eye-catching mural, celebrating the Isle of Wight’s historical industrial innovations and iconic wildlife, could be added at a gateway to the Island.

Plans have been unveiled for a two-part mural to be painted onto the side of the Columbine Building in East Cowes by local artist Alice Malia.

The first image would bring the white tailed sea eagles to life — clutching a fish from the water — following the successful reintroduction of the birds of prey to the Island.

The second part incorporates the history of the Columbine Building and Venture Quays over the last century, in a blue monotone style.

The seaside site has been used for boat building, as early as the 1830s, and the production of aircraft, including the Black Arrow Rocket, seaplanes and hovercrafts.

The mural would span the length of the wall — roughly 70 metres wide by 12 metres tall.

The wall has recently been uncovered, having been hidden for decades, following the demolition of the neighbouring Medina Shed workshop.

Planning documents, submitted by the Isle of Wight Council which is behind the proposal, say the current wall is an ugly industrial blot in the core of the town and the mural would enhance the view.

It says the artwork would give both visitors and residents an informative and enjoyable experience, and create a memorial to the craft created in the area.

The front of the building already houses the large, and iconic, Union Flag, which welcomes those into East Cowes from the Red Funnel car ferry.

The mural is part of the ‘levelling up’ work taking place in that area of the town.

The final design of the artwork is still being developed.

Other pieces of art created by Alice Malia are already on show around the Island, with large pieces in the centre of Newport, along Post Office Lane and the High Street.

Plaques with information and links relating to the images could also be added to the side of the building.

You can view the plans, 24/00109/FUL, on the Isle of Wight Council’s planning register. Comments can be submitted until March 1.

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