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Drypool Bridge completion - 05/06/17
Work to transform Drypool Bridge into a huge art installation is now complete.

Artist Sarah Daniels created a brief inspired by the work of John Venn, the 19th century mathematician and philosopher who was born in Hull’s Drypool ward to reflect the city’s links with the internationally-renowned Venn Diagram.

Built in 1961, Drypool Bridge was last partially repainted in 2003. Following the completion of essential repair work in 2015, there was a need to repaint the whole structure, as part of a plan to refurbish and maintain the bridge for years to come.

With Hull preparing for its year in the national spotlight as UK City of Culture 2017, the Council’s bridge engineers saw it as a unique opportunity to incorporate Drypool Bridge into its programme of citywide improvements in an artistic way.

Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Transport, said:

“This is truly a unique piece of artwork for the city, and I am delighted that we were able to incorporate not only a visually striking design, but something which holds a huge amount of significance for the local area.

“It’s fantastic to see what were the initial designs on paper, finally come to fruition.”

Martin Green, Director or Hull 2017, said:

“We are delighted to have been able to support the transformation of the Drypool Bridge through the commissioning of local artist Sarah Daniels. She has come up with a beautiful and eyecatching piece of work, turning the bridge into even more of a landmark. It perfectly complements our Look Up programme of public art, which is taking place throughout the year.

“Congratulations to the Council's bridge engineers for coming up with the idea to and to Paul Holloway and the City Arts team for commissioning the artist. It's a wonderful addition to Hull's City of Culture year.”

As factored in to our work programme, painting to Drypool Bridge resumed in March following a rise in temperature as the weather conditions were ideal for the specialised paint treatment required, to cure.

The team worked closely with Spray Creative, a collective of graffiti artists who are renowned across the city for their artistic flair, to help this design become a reality.

Traffic will return to normal and we would like to thank everyone for their patience during the development of this installation.

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