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Erith mosaic artist unveils mural at The Quarry development

PUBLISHED: 15:18 07 July 2017

The mural at The Quarry in Erith

The mural at The Quarry in Erith

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Gary Drostle is well known for creating the fish sculpture on the roundabout at the entrance of Erith

A mural, designed by artist Gary Drostle who created the Erith fish sculpture, has been unveiled at The Quarry development.

The 2m x 1m artwork, has been inspired by residents’ stories of the old quarry, the history of Erith, and elements of the development’s future. The site is due to launch later this summer.

Initially displayed on the hoardings, the piece will eventually be installed in the development grounds.

Mr Drostle, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into learning more about The Quarry and incorporating its fascinating history into my design.

“I hope that the future residents will enjoy the new artwork and I am looking forward to seeing the mural once it has been installed.”

Mr Drostle, who is based across the road from The Quarry on Fraser Road, is known in the area for creating the De Luci Fish sculpture on the roundabout at the entrance to Erith.

His other local works include the Lesnes Abbey Mosaic, the Thames Barge mural, Dartford’s Industrial Heritage mural and the Time and Tide mosaic columns in Erith, a joint local project with artist Onya MacCausland,

He has also enjoyed success around the world, commissioning projects across the United States, Colombia, Canada, Chile, Ireland, China and South Africa.

Christine Osborne, regional sales director at London and Quadrant the housing association behing the development, added: “It was wonderful working with Gary during the creative process, and seeing his ideas come to life. We are absolutely delighted with the mural he has created for us at The Quarry, I am certain that this will be a great addition to the community which will be enjoyed by all.”

The Quarry development is set to provide 600 new homes and a three form entry primary school, promising to bring at least 630 new school places to the town.

Since 2016 the site has gone through a transformation, with work already finish on the ecology area.

The first 48 housing frames, measuring 4,5000 square metres, went up in May, and work has begun on the school, with the foundations and groundwork starting.

Once completed, the first phase of houses will be a mix of two and three storeys.

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