Rural Mural

As part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Arts Department annual Spring Fling it was decided to invite street painters from Germany to paint three murals on walls near roads where they could be easily seen. Our Landlord here at Mossburn has a sister who is herself an artist and she, with our agreement, nominated the back of our tack/feed room/shop wall for the enterprise and it was selected from among many other nominations. Hence on the week beginning the 14th of March (2016) two German street artists and a local artist from Langholm, Rory Laycock, turned up to transform our bleak white wall into what you see here. Watching the process was very interesting and the end result is a love it hate it sort of scenario! It stands for exchange, playground, circus, jazz, communication, not necessarily in that order. It is very colourful and vibrant and we are quite sure will bring in a lot of people to Mossburn for a closer look.
As part of the exercise a sculpture also had to be made and the one you see here was constructed from all sorts of unwanted wood and bits and pieces, the result I am assured is a pigeon coop with the blue deck chair on the top connecting to the sky. We are a bit worried that when the midges appear shortly and our three sweet itch victims start to scratch that the pigeon coop will become more of a handy scratching post but we have asked the horses nicely to avoid it if they can!
The other two Rural Murals can be seen at Moniaive and Ringford.