King's Lynn station's homage to iconic Campbell's soup with wall art
A local artist has created a new work inspired by the iconic Campbell’s soup tin especially for Great Northern passengers at Lynn station.
Steve Messam’s re-imagining of Andy Warhol’s famous image highlights Lynn’s claim to fame as the home of the Campbell company’s first factory outside the USA, built in 1959.
Steve was commissioned by environment and community charity Groundwork East. The charity has been engaged by Great Northern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to help make stations more attractive and efficient for passengers, and more sustainable assets for their local communities. King’s Lynn is one of 20 stations where the charity has carried out art or landscaping projects.
Local passenger and community representatives met Great Northern and Groundwork East staff at the station in its 175thanniversary week to welcome the artwork and celebrate the completion of a package of improvements that Lynn people had suggested to the rail company.
The improvements are part of a network-wide, multimillion-pound programme by Great Northern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway. Among over 250 stations to benefit, King’s Lynn has seen new landscaping, six new benches, information screens, toilet improvements and a mural in the waiting room, as well as the unique platform artwork.
Karen Gregson, GTR’s area manager, said: “This is one of more than 200 works of community art we’ve commissioned in the past year as part of a network-wide improvement programme. I’m delighted to thank all our local partners who have contributed so many ideas and so much effort into helping our stations serve their customers and communities better. At King’s Lynn we’re especially grateful to Steve Messam for creating this unique and distinctive artwork as a symbol of the town’s history and identity.”
John Grant, Chair of the Fen Line Users Association, said: “"It's great that stations are being given a friendlier, more 'lived-in' feel. Along with the longer trains we now have on our line, it will help attract more people to rail travel, away from less environmentally friendly forms of transport. This artwork is in enamel, like the advertising signs that were a feature of stations a hundred years ago."