Greenock Street Scene
Public Art : Greenock Street Scene
Artists : 6274 Public Art
Artists Website : 6274publicart.co.uk
Tilers : M and M Ceramics of Dunoon
Description: The Greenock Street Scene mural is a
series of painted tiles (digitally transfered onto the porcelain) depicting a streetscape from
the beautiful town of Greenock. The scenes include shops and businesses of the town's past, such
as Westburn House, the Regal Cafe and Sheila Simpson Wool and scenes of the present, including
the Tall ships festival, Clydeport Cranes and the soon to be constructed Beacon Theatre.
Commissioned by : Riverside Inverclyde
Date Unveiled: November, 2011.
Location: The Greenock Street Scene can be found in
the Westburn underpass area which links the bus station to the Oak Mall, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland.
Acknowledgements: A big thank you to Andy Nicol and
the team at 6274 Public Art for kindly providing photographs and
Greenock Street Scene
Graphic Tiled Street Scene comes back to life in Greenock
6274 Public Art were commissioned by Riverside Inverclyde to bring a well known street mural back to the town of
The Mural was in place on the walls of the Westburn underpass for decades before it was taken down and replaced
by a new public artwork in November 2011.
The painted tiles depicted a street scene of Greenock in the days before the construction of the town’s Oak
Mall. Shops and businesses of the towns past including Westburn House, the Regal Cafe and Sheila Simpson Wool were
all part of the artwork.
Before the initial building work started on the Westburn site, 6274 Public Art took photographs of each section
of the underpass mural. There was a large amount of graffiti and damage to the tiles over the years which had
to be digitally touched up. The next stage was to hand illustrate the street scene as close as possible to the
original as we could.
Once completed a few modern Greenock landmarks were added, including references to the Tall ships festival,
Clydeport Cranes and the soon to be constructed Beacon Theatre.
When approved, the full 23m2 mural artwork was digitally transferred onto porcelain tiles using our technique
which has been a great success in the past. The tiles were fired at 800 degrees to seal the graphic transfers into
the glaze before being laid out on the factory floor for inspection and numbering.
Once each tile was inspected they were numbered in a grid and key plans were passed over to our tilers M and M
Ceramics of Dunoon for installation.
Billy McGuinness and his team expertly installed the 6 section of the mural over a period of 10 days and
had to endure the lovely Scottish winter to complete the job.
Robert and Willy
The kind comments we have received from passers by and locals who remembered the locations depicted within the
mural have been greatly appreciated.