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Artist: Esther Coombes
Title: Orchard House Mural
Location: Orchard House, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GD
Year: 2014
Commissioned by: Stonewater Housing

Illustrator Esther Coombes is best known for drawing buildings from grand cityscapes and large public murals. Her strong line and bold use of colour provided the distinctive style requested by Orchard Homes Developments Ltd, for a new development in Southampton.

The project delivered 50 new affordable properties along with 2 retail units On the site of their existing offices. The developers were keen to communicate the sites varied history with its primary use changing a number of times over the years. The variety of uses has included a car sales showroom, a bingo hall and social club, a ballet, aerobics and dance rehearsal space.
Esther has visually communicated this through and reconnected the new residents with the sites varied past whist also giving them a stimulating and uplifting design.

This was the first of 3 public art projects that Esther has worked on with ‘a space’. To see more of her work visit her website esthercoombs.com

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