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Corporation Street Bridge – Original Painting


Corporation Street Bridge – An original painting by Cathy Read. Created in England in 2015.

The painting is 50cm high by 40 cm wide.

The painting includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing – The painting is sold unframed but framing can be arranged in a white frame with double mount off white and dark grey as an add on item. Please allow 2-3 weeks for this option. Images are for guidance only

Care: Display under glass. Keep painting away from moisture, heat and bright lights or direct sunlight

All copyrights are retained by the artist, and the artwork cannot be reproduced without consent from Cathy Read.

Availability: In stock

Corporation Street Bridge – Original Painting

About the Image

Corporation Street is another painting with an ethereal feel. The bridge and buildings, either side are solid enough, but a feeling of transience pervades the scene. People, only slightly outlined, walk the streets as mere dark colour blocks. Present in spirit, but ill-defined. Those across the road are even less defined.

Corporation Street Bridge Bombing

The street is a fascinating area to me. Possibly because one of the most devastating events in Manchester’s turbulent history happened right here in 1996. The IRA detonated a 1,500-kilogram lorry bomb. It was the biggest bomb detonated in Great Britain since the Second World War. Miraculously, no lives were lost in the Corporation Street bombing.  The sole witness and survivor – the small red postbox.  This hopeful postbox appears in many photos of that catastrophic event.

Almost continuously, the news and papers broadcast destruction and disaster. How often do they show regrowth and rebirth?  Not nearly enough in my opinion. We are sometimes cowed by awful events. We fail to take heart in the good done by those coping in the disaster’s aftermath.

Yes, awful things happen. People must grieve. But thankfully, life goes on.

Restoration Scene

Corporation Street Bridge is a scene of restoration. A city recovering from tragedy, building something new and better, so that life goes on. Even the new bridge is a vast improvement from its predecessor. It is a fascinating and amazing construction.

Sometimes a painting develops its own character – whether consciously or not. The place’s backstory surreptitiously creeps in. One is reminded subconsciously of its history and it influences decisions in the painting process.

Tell Me Why?

Why did I paint the ethereal figures?  I cannot say.  Why pick the photo with a phone box? Only as I look at it now do I make that connection and I do not know why I included it. I thought the tree trunk would have obscured it.

But I love this little red symbol of hope!  It symbolises communication, everyday life, shared experiences, and seems to shout, “I’m a survivor!”

I do not remember ever including a postbox in my paintings before – but I’m glad if this is the first one that I have.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Manchester_bombing_memorial_postbox


Creation: Masking fluid is painted onto watercolour paper to create an image. This is covered with a watercolour wash and covered with clingfilm. The picture is further developed using acrylic inks once the film is removed. The masking is removed after several layers are added and allowed to dry. Revealing the final picture.


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