Planning permission has been given for some new art in West Norfolk.
It will be on a trail running from King’s Lynn Railway Station down to the river.
At the station itself, there will be two 8ft panels imprinted with split feathers which pay homage to the Norfolk tradition of travellers splitting the Grey Goose Feather. The tradition dictated that any fellow person who produced a split feather and an accompanying secret password was guaranteed help, whatever the personal cost. The location of this piece at the station aims to build on this history and give a message of welcome, friendship, and assistance.
The piece has been designed with pupils from Eastgate and St Michael’s Schools who have devised a contemporary secret code for the artwork, further reflecting its historical inspiration.
Meanwhile, an additional piece of artwork will soon be found at St James’ Swimming Pool themed around the changing shape of King’s Lynn over the centuries, as illustrated by the River Great Ouse and inspired by a map from 1588. Also in two parts, this piece will form one artwork that, when viewed from the right spot, will give the impression of moving water.
This piece also includes a Shakespeare quote from Richard II. Richard II has firm links to King’s Lynn as not only did several local families feature in the play in 1386, the town loaned £100 to Richard II – the fifth largest loan made by an urban centre at the time.
The artworks have been designed by Adrian Riley and Annabel McCourt, and aims to help build a better connection between the riverside and the town encouraging people to visit that part of Lynn.
More artwork is on the way to Lynn with a new arch at the Purfleet Street engrance which has also been partially designed by local children.
It follows other town improvements including new benches, signs, and a digital sign at the station to promote events and activities to people coming into King’s Lynn.
Simon Ring, the borough councillor responsible for Tourism, Events and Marketing said: “The new public artworks will not only enhance the welcome and experience for people arriving at the railway station, they will also add appeal to a busy route in the town. Together, they can also offer the beginning of an art trail.
“The artworks have been carefully and respectfully designed to reflect aspects of our heritage, with the goose feathers creating a visual monument to a local tradition.
“And, it is great that young people have played a part in shaping the plans, adding their ideas and creativity to these two really striking and attractive designs.