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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hidden mural unveiled as centrepiece at historic Liverpool library (UK)

Hidden mural unveiled as centrepiece at historic Liverpool library (UK)"A beautiful century-old mural, hidden from view for more than 50 years at a historic Liverpool library, has been revealed as the centrepiece of a £1m restoration project. The artwork known as the Lunette, a neo-classical depiction of knowledge being handed down by the gods of culture, had darkened with age and become completely obscured. It now takes pride of place once more at the Grade II-listed Toxteth library, which will reopen today following a year-long renovation project. The 28ft long, 8ft high mural by local artists W Alison Martin and Clinton Balmer was originally unveiled in 1903 after being exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery. The library was originally opened in 1902 by Andrew Carnegie, who described Liverpool as the pioneer city of free libraries. The last time the building had such an extensive renovation was in 1956. A £1.3m grant from the Big Lottery Fund has helped fund the current modernisation and renovation project. Edwardian features such as the original sash windows and radiators were revamped and new study areas, meeting rooms, exhibition space, a refreshment area and performance space were created"

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