Many thanks for the feedback Nick.
On the first point, I have no qualms about your professional and sound judgement with concerns re: quality of the wall etc. and this is the first time this has been brought up - the Network Rail guy when walking around the site/s mentioned that it was in decent condition and a lot better than the location of some of the other walls they have worked on murals with, particularly citing FH’s impending piece. I can only go off what people who know about these things put forward and taking these things into account may move the mural or change the spec to some degree as written at the bottom of the brief. It would very much appear the artist’s opinion and design combined with the general public’s voting/donations are the two most important things for the project. The only other large wall which fits in with some of the spec which by eye is an easier (and maybe better quality?) surface is the run off from the bridge (opposite the pavilion/next to acorn), however there are issues with that wall that doesn’t fit as well with the mural plan/idea and things around it… (see below!)
In regards to the second point, the idea behind the mural was for it to be a community piece, for the community, voted and funded by locals and therefore when taking into account size, sightlines, location and other (see below) station approach appeared the best NR owned location. The run-off as just mentioned above has very poor sightlines for those living in Sydenham.
The other element is that a high private wall (the corner of station approach and high street with the empty outlines for signwriting) facing traffic coming over the bridge into the high street has been given permission to a local business who are hoping to do a similar piece or work but as a gateway “welcome to Sydenham” type of piece. Again, taking this into account, it was thought that all being well two signs facing opposite directions/aimed at different types of demographic would cover a lot of bases and work well.
Finally, the other sites currently given permission will hope to be used for non-commissioned work for artists to show off their work whilst keeping in touch with the environment. These are the bridge itself, the run off from the bridge and other walls at the station entrances.
Although no questions were asked, hope that answers a few things Nick as I can’t imagine you fancied trawling through tons of messages (Chris - I promise to make a new thread when something else comes up!).