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Archibald Hay Mess - Art

You may have spotted that over the summer our library cafe, The Archibald Hay Mess, has acquired a brand new wall mural by the artist Wei Ong aka Silent Hobo.   As custodians of the Drill Hall we are very aware of the building’s naval history and felt that we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion of the Centenary of the First World War.

We therefore launched a public art commission and a number of artists responded to our brief to create an original artwork that drew inspiration from the local community (past, present and future), the history of the Drill Hall and Chatham Maritime heritage as well as representing all that is new and vibrant in the area and the library.

Future-dhll_1We think Silent Hobo has done a brilliant job in capturing the brief in a modern yet sympathetic way that has something for everyone.  A time lapse video of him in action is available to watch on our You Tube channel.

We’re planning an official reception evening towards the end of October to mark the commission and to give everyone the opportunity to meet Silent Hobo.  All staff and students at Medway are welcome to attend and more details about this will be announced shortly.

UPDATE – The official reception will be help on Thursday 30th October from 5-8pm.  This will mark the commission and give everyone the opportunity to meet Silent Hobo. All staff and students at Medway are welcome to attend.




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