24th Sep, 2017

Wat-er great concept from colourful Redditch artist

IT’S Redditch’s water tower as you’ve never seen it – and it’s just landed in a pop-up gallery in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

The iconic landmark has become so much of an obsession for artist Steve Pound that he’s turned it into a spaceship, an alien craft, a fishing platform, King Kong’s skyscraper and much more.

“The water tower is a very Redditch thing and was just begging for things to be done with it,” said Steve, who has lived in the town for more than five years.

Now a selection of the 43-year-old’s unique ‘Water Tower Series’ is featuring in the pop-up gallery organised by Arts in Redditch in Walford Walk.

“I started with a few ideas and it’s just mushroomed from there,” said Steve.

“The thing about our water tower is that it’s crying out to be a flying saucer and I thought one day I will get this thing off the ground and see where it take me.”

Steve has developed the theme using digital art, enabling him to marry a variety of techniques to produce stunning, and very Redditch, works of art.

One such is his take on global warming, featuring, of course, the water tower.

“The sea in the picture is actually a photo I took of Weymouth Bay, and it just fascinates me to take an image and turn it into reality,” he said.

“Global warming is such a concern – the picture shows Redditch after the seas have risen showing just the water tower left of our town.”

Steve studied fine art at college and has made frequent returns to education to keep up to date with the latest techniques and technology, allowing him to branch out into all areas ‘from pigment to pixals’.

His art on sale in the pop-up gallery are A4 framed one off originals costing £35 and they just some of the huge variety of works created by local artists in the shop which are available to buy.

For more on Steve and his Water Tower Series, visit colourdrunk.com

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