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Ian Rolls: My favourite piece of artwork this year...

Ian Rolls: My favourite piece of artwork this year...

Thursday 24 December 2020

Ian Rolls: My favourite piece of artwork this year...

Thursday 24 December 2020


Seasoned water-colourist, Ian Rolls, is best-known for drawing inspiration from the world around him by creating vibrant interpretations of iconic landscapes around Jersey.

No stranger to studying his island home in an artistic sense, Ian’s favourite piece of this year is one that many islanders will undoubtedly recognise from driving through the underpass in St. Helier.

Ian explains: “The piece of work I have enjoyed working on most in this strange year has been the climate warming stripes mural on the Waterfront.

"I got to do the actual painting in a scaffolding bubble during the lockdown in April this year, although the project had been in the planning stage well before the pandemic eclipsed normal life."

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CLICK TO ENLARGE: The 'Climate Stripes for Jersey' mural.

The mural has 126 stripes, each representing one year from 1894 through to 2019.

The stripes are coloured depending on how much cooler or warmer the annual average air temperature was that year, compared to the 30-year average air temperature between 1971 and 2000 (11.8°C).

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Pictured: Ian hopes that the popular mural will convey an important message to people, as well as brightening up their lives.

Ian added: "I feel the mural works not only as a series of big attention-grabbing coloured stripes which brighten up a very bland expanse of white wall by the underpass, but as clear and easily appreciated proof of rapid climate change.

"The mural conveys a very important message to hundreds of people on a daily basis as well as brightening up their lives!”

Discover more of Ian's work on Facebook here.

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