Giant Preston illustration in St George’s Shopping Centre to mark 50 years

Posted on - 23rd March, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Have you seen the illustration within the St George's centre?

Have you seen the illustration within the St George’s centre?

An enormous illustration containing major Preston landmarks has been unveiled inside a city shopping centre.


Chris Murphy has created the drawing which covers some 82foot and includes the Harris, St Walburge’s Church, the Town Hall, Corn Exchange and Sir Tom Finney splash statue.

St George’s Shopping Centre commissioned the Preston-based artist and the artwork is on the third floor of the building.

Chris Murphy said: “I lived in Preston for most of my life so I was able to use my knowledge of the area to make sure all the key landmarks were included that local people would be able to identify.

“I have done many illustrations but this is the biggest by far and it has been a great project to be involved in.”

The illustration has been created to mark 50 years since St George’s opened in the city.

Shoppers are being offered the chance to collect six limited edition postcards featuring parts of the illustration. These are available from the shopping centre management office.

Chris Murphy and St George's manager Andrew Stringer with the postcards

Chris Murphy and St George’s manager Andrew Stringer with the postcards

Andrew Stringer, general manager at St George’s Shopping Centre, said: “We wanted to do something special to mark 50 years since St George’s opened and we are thrilled with Chris Murphy’s work.

“St George’s is very much at the heart of Preston and the landmarks showcased in this design are a major part of the city we are proud to be part of.

“We really hope that shoppers will take a moment to stop and take in the illustration. This is our way of saying thank you for the past 50 years.”

Have you seen the illustration? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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