Colourful plan aims to boost attraction of 'cultural hub'
KING Street should enhance its growing reputation as Carmarthen's cultural hub — with a splash of colour.
That's the view of an artist who has suggested a novel idea to highlight the creative talents along one of the town's oldest streets — literally painting the road and pavements in a variety of different designs.
Director of King Street Art Gallery Victoria Malcolm said the colourful plan could attract visitors and shoppers.
She said: "It is just an idea but one that could really be interesting and fresh, not just for traders but for shoppers too. The likelihood of King Street ever being fully pedestrianised is almost zero, but the road itself could be painted and used as a canvass to attract people.
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"It would say to the public, 'here we are, here's something different to the rest of town'.
"We have shops and the art gallery, together with Oriel Myrddin around the corner, and painting the whole street to reflect the independent feel of it could be a way of marking us out from the rest of town."
One idea is to create a host of colourful lines criss-crossing the road, in the style of a London underground map, leading to the doors of different businesses. Mrs Malcolm added: "Each business could have its own colour and it would attract the eyes of shoppers, making them more aware of what's in the street."
Another, simpler scheme could see a square painted outside each door with an image on it, reflecting the nature of the business.
"For example, the chemist Walter Lloyd could have an iconic image of a medicine bottle, it could be a fresh way of attracting people to the street."
However, she conceded that if painting the street permanently was ruled out by traders and the county council, it could be painted on a temporary basis at different times of the year.
Mrs Malcolm added: "Painting the road to coincide with certain events or festivals could also be a way of highlighting the street to visitors.
"It could all be washed away easily after a weekend of festivities."
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