Sign of success for family business

By a County Press reporter

Published on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 13:32


Sign of success for family business

Wrapper, the new artwork created by Isle of Wight family firm A J Wells & Sons. Picture courtesy of A J Wells & Sons.

AN ISLE of Wight family business has produced the biggest piece of enamel artwork in Europe.

A J Wells & Sons, in Newport, produced 'Wrapper', a 1,500 sq m piece of art, designed by Jacqueline Poncelet, to decorate the outside of the London Underground building and perimeter wall of Edgware Road tube station.

The company — which is based at Bishops Way on the Riverway Industrial Estate — is responsible for much of the signage and panelling for the London Underground.

It made the piece of art in vitreous enamel, a material made by fusing powdered glass to metal, to create a smooth coloured finish.

The material was chosen because it would cope well in an urban environment as it is durable, colours stay bright, and it is resistant to graffiti, the company said.

Ced Wells, of A J Wells said: "Over the years we have worked with a number of artists on a range of urban regeneration projects."

Wrapper was commissioned by Art on the Underground, and is London-based Jacqueline Poncelet's biggest piece of work to date.

She said she designed the 700 patterned panels after being inspired by the spirit of the surrounding area, and the coloured lines of the Tube map.


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