27th Oct, 2016

Spend a happy hour viewing art

Aaron Wise 4th Sep, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

VISITORS to a National Trust property near Pershore have been invited to think for a minute and view new 40 foot high artwork on show.

To herald the last month of an extremely popular experience at Croome Court, impressive new street art featuring House Martins has been created on temporary scaffold wrap that overlooks the historic estate.

Bristol based street artist, Cheo, has dreamed up the new artwork to encourage visitors to enjoy more than a happy hour during the last month of Sky Café.

The landmark can be found at the very top of the scaffolding that currently surrounds the house during the repair work which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

With commanding views over the landscape park to the misty Malvern Hills, the scaffolding viewing platform and the café have welcomed nearly 50,000 people since it opened earlier this year.

The venue will close at the end of September when the scaffold starts to be dismantled as the repair work to the house nears completion.

“We thought it would be a great idea to mark the end of two wonderful features of Croome by commissioning new street art for the wrap” explained Richard Higgs, Croome’s Project Manager.

“The Sky Café will be coming down at the end of this month and the House Martins who nest on the house every summer will be migrating to Africa later this month, so it’s fitting to feature them both in the new artwork,” he added.

The House Martins are a regular and welcome feature every summer at Croome and one of their favourite nesting sites are on the modillions which sit at the top of the house.

Their nests are clearly visible from the ground and visitors love to see them swooping through the air and across the lawns gathering insects.

It is thought that the birds, who migrate every September to southern Africa, have been nesting at Croome for hundreds if not thousands of years, collecting mud from the old marshland and current river at Croome for their homes.

Call 01905 371006 visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome or follow Croome on Twitter @NTCroome for more information on the venue.