Painting Preston Bus Station red to celebrate it's 50th birthday

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Preston Bus Station’s 50th birthday is being celebrated with a new temporary artwork and film.

Artists Low Profile have painted the word ‘people’ on the forecourt of the landmark building, marking and celebrating the people of Preston - highlighting the role that people play in shaping and making the place.

Artists Rachel Dobbs and Hannah Rose of LOW PROFILE, with their artwork at Preston Bus Station

Artists Rachel Dobbs and Hannah Rose of LOW PROFILE, with their artwork at Preston Bus Station

The bus station has been undergoing major renovations, and the text is set to be removed as the forecourt undergoes further development at the end of August.

A film showing how the text was made will be shown at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library as part of the exhibition ‘Beautiful and Brutal: 50 years in the life of Preston Bus Station’ later this year.

The artists said they were wanted to “mimic the way that road markings normally direct our attention and behaviour, shaping how we navigate through public spaces.”

They added: "The creation of the text makes a statement about this part of the bus station’s future use as a new public space for Preston’s residents and visitors."

Artists Rachel Dobbs and Hannah Rose of LOW PROFILE, with their artwork at Preston Bus Station

Artists Rachel Dobbs and Hannah Rose of LOW PROFILE, with their artwork at Preston Bus Station

The artwork will be accessible and open to the public on June 22, 23 and July 6 and 7.

An Instameet, where people can take photos of the artwork for Instagram and use the hastags #igerspreston and #brutiful, takes place tonight from 5.30pm. To book onto the event, click here.

PEOPLE (2019) is commissioned by Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library and In Certain Places.