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TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Garston subway artwork renovation remembers much loved resident

 Published on: 6th August 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Cow Lane underpass near the Meriden Estate has finished its transformation from a dark, neglected tunnel to a colourful, welcoming space. After over a year of planning and painting, halted twice by vandalism, the project is finally complete.

Meriden councillor Stephen Cavinder, who worked alongside Hertfordshire County Council on the development, said: “The aim of the project was to give a fresh feel to a very tired looking area. With the tag line of ‘Cleaner, Greener, Healthier Hertfordshire’, the artwork was targeted at children making their way to and from school.”

The subway walls now display picturesque rolling green fields and blue skies, as well as a touching tribute to much loved resident, Daniel Rush.

At age 18, Daniel died in 2003 following an unprovoked attack with a hammer in North Watford. The walls have long held a homage to Daniel, something which cllr Cavinder wanted to maintain whilst refurbishing the area.

He said: “We realised that the memorial meant so much to the family and friends of Daniel that we wanted to provide an alternative which was in keeping with the theme of the artwork.

“Graffiti artists Mark Tanti and Aimi Rix did an amazing job and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.”

Annie Rush, Daniel’s mother, said: “I think the renovation of the subway is great and I’d like to thank all those involved in the project for their hard work and for incorporating the memorial to Daniel in this way. I feel very honoured and also proud that they wanted to make this lovely tribute which ensures memories of Daniel remain part of the community.”

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