Green in the City – Livery Street Mural
In 2021, Colmore BID added a splash of colour to its streets, with a brand-new art installation on the walls of Livery Street as part of its Green in the City initiative.
Following a tender process that saw over 30 ideas put forward, artists E.L Thrush (Luke Davies) and Anna Davies were commissioned by Colmore BID to create an 8ft high by 60ft wide mural at the entrance to Livery Street by the junction of Great Charles Queensway, with the theme ‘Green in the City’.
Luke is an illustrator with over 11 years of experience in commercial and large format design. Anna is an interior architect with a background within the commercial sector. They describe themselves as proud Brummies with a shared passion for the city and all the creativity it inspires.
The duo’s design features a series of Birmingham landmarks and historical events influenced by the Brutalist architecture genre, particularly the concrete murals of sculptor William Mitchell. Large, stylised trees provide a recurring theme throughout the painting, which invites people to pick out well-known city buildings, public artworks and key events.
The mural is the latest in a programme of artworks to be installed in Colmore Business District. During 2020/2021, the BID’s parklets were installed and adorned with artwork, which includes further pieces by Luke and Anna.