Stopsley Underpasses

Council employees worked with Luton Culture, students and staff from the University of Bedfordshire to brighten up a subway in Stopsley recently. Local residents registered complaints with Luton Borough Council employees that the underpass which connects Stopsley Park with Stopsley Village was in an appalling state and that they wanted the underpass to be brightened up.

In response to this, Luton Borough Council worked in partnership with Luton Culture and the University to run a competition for Graphic Design and Art students.

Students were briefed to design a mural that celebrates the local community and the town in general, while promoting positivity. There were six entries, displaying a real variety of design. Local artist Abi Spendlove judged all of the entries and eventually decided on the work of Monika Ciapala and Alan Fletcher.

The winning entry explored Luton’s vast cultural history, with panels telling a story of Luton since the prehistoric ages. The unique artwork also reflects some of the important industry that has come out of the town over the years, including the hat trade and the airport.

A team of artists commissioned by Luton Culture worked over the summer to paint the murals, while Luton Borough Council’s street cleaning team helped to protect the work by coating the walls with a special anti-graffiti sealant.