The Harvest Mural

The 'Harvest' mural, situated at the back of the derelict Co-op department store on Carr Street in Ipswich, is one of only four surviving large-scale English Co-op murals created in the 50s and 60s. I originally photographed this mural in 2011
This piece, created by Hungarian artists, Gyula Bajó and Endre Hevezi, between 1963 and 1964, comprises thousands of colourful square mosaic tiles, depicting the Greek mythology characters of Demeter, goddess of the harvest and the messenger Hermes.

Planning permission was allowed in October 2021 to demolish the former store at 48 to 68 Carr Street to make way for a new primary school, nursery, along with a rooftop multi-use games area. However, the Grade II-listed mural on the rear of the building in Ipswich has impacted the delivery of the school.
The rare mural was given Grade II listed status last year, meaning that while the demolition could still go ahead, the mural would be preserved
In August, planning permission was granted to allow testing at the listed artwork, and when it was carried out asbestos was found within the fixing of the mural. So, work to be done removing the asbestos, before work can begin.


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