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Sutherland Mural

Exhibition Piece: Originally designed by Graham Sutherland when the College was first opened in 1939, the mural was never actually realised. Instead, students have painted it onto the wall at the end of the promenade. It is an abstract design using many colours, and bold sweeping black lines to create a dynamic effect.

Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) was an artist who, along with Henry Moore, was invited to contribute some artwork for the new Impington Village College in 1939.  He designed a mural for the south end of the promenade, but because Cambridgeshire was low on funds, they could not pay the fee for Sutherland’s artwork.  Fortunately, the college does own both Sutherland’s and Moore’s designs, thus a group of sixth form students have been able to reproduced Sutherland’s piece as originally intended.

The wall is an eye-catching piece of work that captures the viewer’s attention as soon as you enter the promenade.  The interaction of block colours, heavily divided by black, sweeping and curving lines could be said to highlight division between each section.  The image itself is abstract, with forms taking on various shapes intersecting with one another, whereas some are representative, such as a candle, moon and bird – although these can be subject to interpretation too.

What can you see within the mural?  Can you see anything?  Or does it bring out a feeling or mood?

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