Michael recently completed an enormous Manchester inspired wall mural at the Coalfire offices, at City Tower, in central Manchester. The Manchester inspired wall mural is inspired by the history of Manchester. It features nods to the music, football, industrial revolution, suffragettes and much more.
Coalfires branding features hexagons, therefore these are used to create the frame for the Manchester inspired wall mural. It also allowed accommodation of the multi-level ceiling.
The Coalfire Wall Mural encompasses many features from Manchester which are specific to Manchester alone. You know, that when you see this wall mural, you are looking at Manchester!
Here we discuss the 16 different subjects of the Hexagons on the Coalfire wall mural.
First of all is the Hacienda Nightclub, an iconic location which became famous during the 80’s and launched the Madchester music scene. The bollards shown in the image featured around the dance floor and the diagonal pattern featured on their branding.
Manchester has some truly beautiful streets lined with terraced housing and traditional cobblestones. Of course, we can not forget Coronation Street, the soap opera filmed and based in Manchester.
We can’t leave Coalfire out of their own design. Coalfire is a US Company, the Manchester office is the only one outside of the US. Since 2001, Coalfire has worked at the cutting edge of technology to help public and private sector organisations solve their toughest cybersecurity problems and fuel their overall success!
Northern Soul Music
Northern Soul Music emerged in the late 1960’s influenced by the mod scene and Motown. The Twisted Wheel venue in Manchester is the venue most associated with the music. It’s also one of the first to specialise only in Northern Soul.
Industrial Revolution and Manchester’s role in the cotton industry
Manchester was the centre of the cotton industry in the 19th century and where the industrial revolution began. At this time the city became the world’s largest place for cotton production and became named ‘Cottonopolis’.
Vimto was first created in 1908 in Manchester. It wasn’t until 1920 when the fizzy drink we typically associate with Vimto was launched. It’s now become an international success, with many different products, all pointing back to their cheeky roots.
The first ever atom was split at the University of Manchester in 1917 by Ernest Rutherford. This was a fantastic scientific discovery which supported the development of nuclear power as well as radiotherapy for cancer treatment.
United and City, the two big football clubs in Manchester. The two coloured backgrounds in the design represent these two large clubs.
Manchester has always been a pivotal place for music, as well as Northern Soul, also featured in the design. Madchester was first developed in the 1980’s and closely resembled the indie scene. Bands such as The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays and James launched Madchester and it became a growing success.
Manchester Worker Bee
The Manchester Workers Bee has been an emblem of the city for the past 150 years. It links the hard work of the Manchester people and the hard working bee.
The mosaic pattern featured on the bee in the design is inspired by the artwork of Mark Kennedy a Manchester mosaic artist.
Deeds not words
Emmeline Pankhurst, born in Moss Side in Manchester, set up the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903. Their motto was ‘Deeds not Words’, their goal was to fight for women’s rights. Especially to fight for the right to vote, to have equal rights to men. Their work was successful and in 1928 all women in Britain aged above 21 could make their vote.
Manchester is very well known for the rain! Is it raining now?
Of course the rain had to feature in the design as a fun element, and one which Manchester is famous for.
Manchester Pride & Canal Street
Manchester Pride is one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities in the UK. They campaig for equality and ensuring the LGBQT community thrive. Canal Street is the hub of Manchester’s gay community in Manchester city centre. It’s a hive of bars along the canal showing that Manchester is one of the world’s leading gay friendly cities.
Apple & Code
Alan Turing worked at Manchester University and is famous for writing pioneering papers on artificial intelligence and programming during the 1930’s and 40’s. Turing was pivotal in the development of modern computing
There is a myth that the Apple logo is based on Alan Turing after he was found after committing suicide, with a bitten apple by his bedside.
LS Lowry is mostly famous for his paintings of the Manchester mill scenes and industrial landscapes. As well as these more popular landscapes Lowry also painted seascapes and was particularly interested in the figures. He is one of the most popular Manchester artists from the early 20th century and his style is well known around the world.
The final hexagon in the design represents the work of Joy Division, formed in Manchester in 1976. Joy Division opened the music industry to evolve, with rock and punk focusing on expression and energy. They were ahead of their times covering mental health and anxiety long before it became a topic for discussion.
These 16 Manchester focal points covered in this Manchester inspired wall mural, really showcase some of the amazing achievements made in Manchester and show what a fantastic city it is.
As well as this Coalfire, Manchester inspired wall mural, we have completed many other wall murals around the UK. Take a look at some of the other murals we have completed here.
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