Famous artist to design bus station stained glass window

 

The brand new bus station in the centre of Gloucester will act as a much-improved gateway into the city for residents and visitors. Next week the city council’s cabinet will consider if it should feature a unique stained glass window designed by renowned artist, Tom Denny.

When planning permission was granted for the bus station, one of the conditions was that it included a piece of public artwork. It is being recommended that world acclaimed artist, Tom Denny, should design the new window to satisfy this condition. Local, young, aspiring artists will also have the opportunity to work with Denny whilst he creates the one of a kind window.

Denny already has close links to the city. In 2013 he created a unique window in honour of Ivor Gurney, a famous poet and composer from the county. This piece of art can be viewed in the Gloucester Cathedral’s north chantry chapel in the Lady Chapel.

The window will celebrate Gloucester’s rich history, enabling the new bus station to become even more of a focal point in the city for visitors and will help to foster civic pride amongst residents.  The cost will be met from the bus station project budget, which is largely funded by government grant through the Local Enterprise Partnership, Gfirst.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “This proposal reflects comments we have had that Gloucester needs its regeneration to be distinctive and of high quality and that people want us to do even more to promote the city’s history. We are looking to fulfil these aspirations with what I am sure will be a stunning piece of work.  Public art is almost always controversial and I am sure this piece will generate lots of interest and discussion.  Our new bus station will be a state of the art facility but we want it to be unique to Gloucester as well.  It will also potentially help us to work towards our ambition of being City of Culture in 2025.”

The report also advises that, as a result of public feedback, the number of toilets at the new bus station has been increased by two, making a total of seven, through changes in the design.