ARTIST Gareth Price (aka Scroller) has reimagined a classic 20th century photograph with a pandemic-safe rendering of the 1945 photo “V-J Day in Times Square”.
Usually known for his metalwork back home in Somerset, Price was keen to paint a cheery mural. He got onto Vincent council about any empty wallspace, and was hooked up with the Mt Hawthorn cafe Fields of Vincent.
Price’s work “prevails” adds some contemporary PPE to the mysterious kissers, who have never been conclusively identified, and they’re surrounded by spiky coronavirus-spheres that’ve been herded into a love heart. Vincent mayor Emma Cole says: “The Covid-19 pandemic is a once in a lifetime event and it will now be captured in Vincent through this artwork for years to come. This mural will remind us that is it more important than ever to take care of each other, stay safe and look forward to the day when we can hug each other once again.”