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Listed: Rare 1960s mural saved from demolition

A 1962 mural in Salford known as The Tree of Knowledge has been spared after it was given a last minute Grade II-listing

The huge piece of public art by Alan Boyson on the side of the old Castle Irwell School in Charlestown was due to be pulled down earlier this month (3 August) to make way for new playing fields.

However after a ‘vigorous’ local campaign, which involved the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) and the Twentieth Century Society (C20 Society), the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has decided to give the mural an emergency Grade II listing.

The DCMS praised Boyson’s ‘clever use of colour, incised decoration, textures and mixed media’.

Meanwhile the C20 Society described it as a ‘striking and distinctive piece of polychromatic work with a direct association to the building’s function in mind.’

It is understood Salford Council is now looking for a new home for the art piece.


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