NEW ARTWORK UNVEILED TO CELEBRATE THE HISTORY & FUTURE OF KING STREET
Yesterday, an eye-catching wrap-around was unveiled outside the Royal Court Theatre. Designed by local artist Dom Foster, the work was commissioned for the Historic England funded Heritage Action Zone King Street project. The piece takes spectators from "The Street That Was", to "The Street That Is" and finally "The Street That Will Be".
On closer inspection, passers-by will be able to spot notable figures, from Wigan Warriors' Billy Boston to The Verve's Richard Ashcroft as well as fancy dress donned revellers, typical of a Boxing Night on King Street. Speaking of the project and his work, Dom said, "It's been a total pleasure being given the chance to play a creative part in the regeneration of King Street. As a Wiganer myself, I have fond memories of gigs and the general cultural scene . I believe Wigan can go from strength to strength because Arts and Culture are being championed here as they are in the most vibrant towns and cities across Europe."
To find out more about the Heritage Action Zone project and what is planned for King Street, head to Wigan Council's newly launched website: sayhitokingstreethaz.commonplace.is
The site will provide people with an overview of the King Street project, including Streets Apart, as well as giving local residents the opportunity to submit their comments on the plans. Alongside research being produced by Wigan Local History & Heritage Society, residents will also be encouraged to provide their stories, memories and photographs of King Street in order to showcase a comprehensive journey of the area from over the years.