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Art project flowering on Hockley Viaduct
9:00am Sunday 29th September 2013 in Winchester
THEY had been considered weeds that were damaging a dilapidated Hampshire landmark.
But now dandelions are making a welcome return to the restored Hockley Viaduct near Winchester.
Artist Nicola Henshaw has just decorated the track-bed with drifting dandelion clocks, the first step in a project commissioned by city council, to share the stories of the Viaduct with a wider audience.
The dandelions were inspired by schoolgirl Becky Witheman from Compton All Saints Primary School. Taking part in an open-air workshop last term, she wrote “Dandelions are gliding across the viaduct, I reach for them but miss every time.”
Ms Henshaw said: “Dandelion clocks are very much associated with time passing, and they seemed to fit well with the viaduct which conjures up memories of an older time in Winchester. I decided to paint some on the track-bed with road-marking paint to give it a softer look, and to amuse walkers and cyclists.
“Around 100 people passed me on my first day of painting, and I had a very positive response.”
At a recent public meeting in Compton and Shawford Village Hall, she outlined ideas for a series of waymarkers, benches and information panels extending from the South Park and Ride to City Bridge in the centre of Winchester.
Cllr Victoria Weston, city council portfolio holder for the built environment, said: “This is a lovely project and I feel very privileged to have been involved right from the start with the refurbishment of the Viaduct which is already much-loved and well-used.”
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