Mammoths, hyenas and bears… oh my!

Just Regional
Apr 22, 2024 2 mins read

A herd of mammoths, hyenas and bears are prowling along Sheringham seafront, thanks to a group of local artists.

The hand-painted mural is 100ft long and stretches along the sea defence wall on East Promenade, depicting a scene from the end of the last Ice Age.

It took four years to complete and is the first of a series of planned artworks by community arts group Sheringham Art, which wanted the project to brighten up the area and educate visitors about the town’s rich history.

Painted on 127 recycled scaffolding boards, the artwork transports viewers back 14,000 years, showing the animals as life-sized and including other intricate details for visitors to explore.

Over time it will develop, with more details added in – primarily at events over the summer.

The project is the brainchild of artist Colin Seal, a founding member of Sheringham Art, who is known for his large-scale art projects around the town.

“Important historical discoveries have been made along our coast, and we wanted to do something to celebrate our deep history,” said Colin, who said it was his most ambitious undertaking to date.

“We have so many talented artists in our town and getting them all together on a big community project was a long-time ambition for Sheringham Art.”

Also joining in with the mural was oil painter and embroidery artist David Barber, and the project enlisted the help of Sheringham High School, Sheringham Primary School and Sheringham Woodfields School students.

They took part through a series of educational workshops.

The work was funded by Sheringham Town Council, Sheringham Carnival, Norfolk County Council and The Sheringham Society.

It was installed by Malcolm Abbs Building Contractors, who volunteered their labour, and the Windham Arms provided space for use as a workshop.

Altrad and Perenco donated the scaffolding boards.

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