Anthony Burrill has produced a new piece of work for Manchester’s Print and Paste collective. Entitled North and South, it is a collaborative project between Liam Hopkins of Lost Heritage, Dave Sedgwick (a member of Print & Paste), and Anthony Burrill.
Dave contacted Anthony early in 2013 and asked if he would be interested in the art and design project, which takes an unused billboard in city centre Manchester and asks different artists and designers to produce a piece of work to be pasted up monthly. Previous participants include Build, Si Scott, Daren Newman, Stan Chow and Steve Lambert.
“I contacted Anthony as I have always admired his approach to work. Around the same time I was working with Liam at Lost Heritage and he suggested it could be possible to make oversized wood type blocks for the project. We started to talk and it seemed a great idea for Anthony to take on”, says Sedgwick.
Each letter was printed on the Heidelberg Cylinder press at Adams of Rye in East Sussex. The prints were then pasted on to the billboard to complete the final piece.
The work is entitled North & South in reference to the wooden letters being made in the North and printed in the South. It’s also a nod to Anthony originally growing up in the North and now living and working in the South of England.
“It was a great project to be involved in” says Anthony, “As soon as Dave contacted me I was keen to be part of it. The idea of using wood block type at billboard size was exciting, something I hadn’t seen done before. And of course I was keen to produce a piece of public art for my home town.”
The individual letter prints are now available to buy from Anthony’s website and the original artwork is on Lower Ormond Street just off Oxford Road in Manchester for the rest of January and February 2014.