New artwork provides added inspiration to athletes

21 December 2012

A new piece of artwork is providing some extra inspiration for athletes training in the Performance Gym at the Sports Training Village.

Artist Mark Crowther, founder and creative director of Soulful Creative, designed and painted the abstract piece on the wall of the gym, which is used by world-class athletes who train at the University.

The multi-layered piece depicts athletes in six sports –beach volleyball, judo, modern pentathlon, netball, skeleton and swimming. The piece starts in darker colours on the left hand side and becomes lighter as you transfer to the left hand side – reinforcing the energy and movement in the piece.

If you look carefully, you can also spot a Union Flag in the background and the words GB and Bath.

“The mural design was quite a challenge, as we had to fit in many different sports within the composition, capturing the energy and movement these have in an visually interesting way ” said Mark. “We wanted to create a mural that would enhance the gym environment and inspire the athletes when using the space”

“The use of colour across the wall also helps to extend the room visually,” he added. “As the athletes move around the gym to do different bits of training they will spot different elements within the design.

“We love creating large scale murals, making the most of the space they sit in and transforming working environments.”

The brief for the artwork was set by Kate Eddy, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Team Bath, and Chris McLeod, Strength and Conditioning Coach at the English Institute of Sport.

The Performance Gym is an extension to the Team Bath Gym and was developed and funded by a partnership between the University, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), Sport England, UK Sport and TASS. It provides priority access to top quality facilities for aspiring Olympians and Paralympians.

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