Colouring book celebrates Harlow at 70

Lifestyle / Mon 4th Sep 2017 at 04:56pm


A special colouring book that celebrates Harlow’s iconic buildings, its famous landscapes and public sculptures has been produced to mark the town’s 70th birthday.

The book, created by local artist Simon Barnes, is funded by Harlow Council as part of the town’s 70th birthday celebrations.

The year-long birthday festivities taking place celebrate Harlow’s past, present and future which are all beautifully captured in the book.

There are 22 illustrations including landmarks as part of the development of the new town along with several modern day housing and leisure developments. A number of the town’s world famous sculptures feature promoting Harlow’s Sculpture Town status.

The book can be downloaded or printed for free from the Council’s website at www.harlow.gov.uk/harlow-70#colouring and digital copies are being sent to all schools in the town. Paper copies have also been distributed to various local groups, including support groups for older people with the book being used as a memory tool to help those with dementia.

All the illustrations were drawn by Simon from photos that he took. Simon, said: “I have lived in Harlow since I was a teenager in the mid-70s. I have always enjoyed the green spaces and public art that are within the boundaries of the town.

“So as part of the ‘Harlow is 70’ celebrations I put forward the idea of a ‘Harlow Colouring Book’. I was lucky enough to meet Sir Frederick Gibberd when he gave talks in 1979 about the ideas and planning of Harlow New Town in 1947. Because I’m an artist I wanted to share my enjoyment of the town spaces, since we are a ‘Sculpture Town’ it was easy to draw the public areas that display the sculpture and a slice of history.”

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