Hidden Station Artwork Launched in Bridgwater

The new Hidden Station artwork has been launched at Bridgwater Railway Station and officially opened by the Bridgwater Mayor, Cllr Michael Lerry who said “Bridgwater Station is now the most creative Railway Station in the SouthWest and I congratulate SEED on the way they delivered this project”. Bridgwater Town Council Community portfolio Holder  Cllr Liz Marsh (Labour Victoria) said “The Artwork by Jayde Perkin and David McMillan has been created based on stories given to them by local Bridgwater people. Not only does it look great but it’s further brought to life by augmented reality (just scan the QR code at the bottom of each piece) to see yet another layer of ‘hidden’ art, a really great and a fabulous idea. It brightens up our railway station and combines the use of modern technology to create interactive pieces that will appeal to all ages.” Glen Burrows, RMT member and former Ticket Office worker added “The railway station is a proud part of our history. it was good to see representatives from GWR there to celebrate this. Has it persuaded them to honour this tribute by keeping the ticket office open? Well done to Mayor Lerry for raising this issue in his opening speech!”

Bridgwater Town Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Art and Heritage, Irena Hubble (Fairfax West) added ‘Hidden station ‘ is one of the first projects to come to fruition celebrating the many Bridgwater achievements and  highlighting not just the place but the people of the town. The station deserves its moment of glory, dating from 1841 and  built to the design of the engineer and genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It is a grade 11 listed building. The docks and the brickworks were all linked by rail. The industrial heritage of the town deserves proper recognition and adding  public art to it gives us extra reasons to visit these places and look at them with a new eye.While appreciating the art and we learn more about our history.We look forward to further projects from Seed and also to Heritage Week in September which will open places of historic and community interest in the town not often accessible to the public.”