Many thanks for the pertinent and timely input JGD, particularly with regards to confirming/giving extra added value to the thought of the railside location being less feasible.
I would hope at tomorrow’s meeting, (which I expect to document to some degree and place on the forums) and further input from those voicing opinions that some further clarity with regards to location will take place.
Any single location unfortunately will “rob” the mural of visibility to all visitors regardless. If one was to take the side of the large building where property world is for example (ignoring NR based locations for a minute!) that would be a great spot for those entering Sydenham by car/bus/walking over the bridge, however almost the entirety of people travelling by train would not see it as either entrance would entirely miss that location unless you happen to live up very specific roads (Westwood hill / Lawrie park) and made an effort to turn around to look… The station side location can be viewed from the high street (as going over the bridge), as well as from all those using that side of the station via station approach and the small path - the side that anecdotally (I use the station to and from work daily) a larger proportion of people use. Although not seen by all, it appears one of the better/best options.
If it is thought to be feasible to commission two murals then I think this would solve that issue to some degree, however my gut feeling is that crowdfunding for 1 will be enough of a challenge/good to start with!
In emailing Lionel, he has mentioned the lack of a flat surface, however has merely said he will submit a design that will complement/work with this. As I am not an artist I have no idea if this could be seen as a nice challenge to work with for some artists or that it is difficult and not suitable etc.
The fixings on the wall will not need to be considered as the stretch of wall I’m speaking of stretches from the toilets to the first fixing (maybe a tube map?) though I doubt the entire stretch would be used as it’s quite big (re: money / people possibly wanting to still see the Victorian wall stylings which has been mentioned)
Unfortunately from my snooping around there doesn’t seem to be any feasible flat large surface to a size befitting of an impact (as recommended by Lionel) owned by NR. There is another NR location next to Acorn which is flat but is much smaller in size and has the location issue as mentioned above re: Hardly any train travellers being able to view it.
We will see what comes from the meeting tomorrow - I’ll be presenting all my findings including possible locations, opinions given from the forums and through personal means also and possibly from there we can buckle down on a single location following an online vote maybe and some more concrete examples re: raising money / timelines / use of social media.
Early days I know but feel if things are kept on top of in a positive way and everyone is kept informed (as much as possible!) and able to have a say, this could be something relatively straightforward to achieve (or not depending on if the goal is reached) in a relatively short amount of time!
Lastly, this may not be an opinion shared by others but I feel the point of the mural would be a community project for a community piece of art that people of Sydenham are pleased to have/look at and ideally for it to be as visible to as many people as possible. I don’t feel it’s necessarily a signpost so people know where they are. I imagine a lot of people driving through Sydenham would know they were going through Sydenham already or would be aware by the numerous road signs or seasonal signs (eg: Sydenham arts)?
Again, definitely something to be discussed as a collective for all views to see what people think/want