First class! Snap up chance to post on unique 'selfie wall'

August 31 2018
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GET your mobile at the ready: a new 'selfie wall' has been unveiled on Cattle Market Road near Temple Meads station.

The temporary exhibit aims to brighten up the derelict sorting office site and breathe new life into the area while building work is underway, ahead of the construction of the University of Bristol's new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

The striking artwork has been created by Upfest on behalf of Bristol City Council in partnership with Out of Hand, the University of Bristol and site clearance contractor Kier. 

It is loosely based on the history of the sorting office site, charting its transformation from medieval pasture land to university campus and beyond.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: "We have huge ambitions for Bristol and the ongoing regeneration of the Temple Quarter is a critical part of that. We’re developing the area to create an environment for new homes as well as continuing to deliver thousands of new jobs for local people. The new campus will stimulate even more growth and it’s exciting to see this project moving forward.

"What we're trying to say with the selfie wall is that everyone can be part of the 'Temple Quarter Story' and share in the amazing creativity and vibrancy of this new city district. It's a bit of a fun and clearly there's some artistic licence in the storytelling but there's a serious message behind it: the Temple Quarter is open to everyone - come and get involved."

Work on the clearance of the sorting office site itself is under way. The derelict Cattle Market Tavern was removed in May and contractors are continuing with works in preparation for the demolition of the main sorting office building in the coming months, making way for the new campus.