Local artist transforms Falmouth Marine School's courtyard

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By Em_Williams | Thursday, February 07, 2013, 11:41

A plain wall at Falmouth Marine School has been transformed into a masterpiece representing the college from the students' point of view thanks to local artist Cosmic.

Cosmic first met with students in September at the annual freshers' fair to gather some of their ideas for a mural design. Following his initial discussions he visited the college a number of times, working with the students to get them involved.

Cosmic said: "There were some great ideas, but when someone mentioned that the humpback whale was their favourite it sparked a whole round of unanimous approval that this was in fact everyone's favourite whale.

The same thing happened when someone mentioned Hokusai's "Great Wave off Kanagawa" print, the most famous Japanese image of all time; so those two images where high on the list.

The students are studying boatbuilding, marine biology, water sports and marine engineering so it was important to ensure that all areas were represented."

Also featured in the mural are a turtle and puffer fish which may look familiar to many. The turtle has been based on Falmouth Marine School's caretaker Peter Mitchell, and the puffer fish based on his namesake, Pete Junior, who lives in the tank in the marine biology department.

Marine Science student Chloe Burrin said: "Pete is the backbone of the college and someone we all see every day. He's always there to help and works hard to keep the place clean and tidy. We wanted him to know how much we appreciate him so Cosmic suggested we painted him holding up the boat as he does the Marine School."

Students' Union Chairman for Falmouth Marine School Jack O'Byrne added:

"The College really encourages the students to get involved, this project was part of the student voice campaign to find out what the students wanted improved at the Marine School. As a result we have had a new wet lab, an increase in marine species, rehousing of the marine engineering workshop complete with an increase in inboard and outboard engines and a facelift to the main reception, classrooms and the courtyard wall."

To see more of Cosmic's work visit www.drawingonthings.com

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