Thanks to local gallery Ambassadeur Art, and Bournemouth and Poole Tourism, a variety of artists, many based in or from the area, have created a series of murals that make fun, vibrant and colourful backdrops for people’s pictures. The Selfie Wall Trail stretches from Sandbanks to Southbourne – taking in Branksome Chine, Alum Chine, Bournemouth Pier, Pier Approach, Boscombe Beach and Fisherman’s Walk. The idea is to offer the perfect selfie photo opportunity along the seafront. There is also the chance of winning a fantastic prize in a competition that will run throughout the summer.
Launching on May 26th and running till September 2nd, the trail can be followed on foot, by bike or aboard the famous Land Trains on certain parts of the route. Cllr Pat Oakley, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Arts comments: “I am delighted that we are working on such a fun collaborative project and with fantastic local artistic talent whose amazing murals will be found along the whole length of the Bournemouth and Poole seafront, from Sandbanks to Southbourne. We hope visitors and residents alike will get involved, get fit, take selfies and other photos and enter the incredible competition.”
Work is almost complete and there will be eleven sites, painted by seven different artists including Iain Alexander who has created “Floating Love”, a kaleidoscopic, shimmering heart created from hundreds of butterflies on the wing, to be found on the East side of The Pier and well known local street artist Krishna Malla. His mesmerising “The Owl and The Pussy Cat” adorns the Sandbanks end of the seafront while further east at the Alum Chine cloisters, Ricky Also brings us a light-hearted, 6-framed look at beach life in “La Playa”.
Other designs include hungry sharks, giant ice creams, fish fishing, dapper foxes wearing shades, ethereal angels, cuddly toys in crazy pop colours and giant sky rockets, all designed for the art of selfie taking and to bring colour and fun to the already fabulous seafront.
For more information visit https://www.bournemouth.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/selfiewalltrail
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