A tale of two cities (2) Sheffield

Just a few kilometres down the road from Railton is Sheffield.  It styles itself Town of Murals, and is a world apart from its topiary touting neighbour.

Sheffield seems like a lively place, with a sense of energy. And pride.  There are murals all over the town centre.  It seems as if every available wall is covered with a massive, colourful painting relating to the history of the local area and its people, or to Tasmanian wildlife and landscapes:


The artwork isn’t necessarily great, but the murals brighten the place up and give it character, creating a pleasing sense of place:


There is even, it seems, an annual mural-painting competition, presumably to keep alive the interest of both locals and visitors:


While Railton did not, in my view, live up to its billing Sheffield exceeds expectations. Maybe I’m wrong about Sheffield, or Railton, or both. But if the first impressions of an outsider with no previous knowledge of either count for anything then Sheffield is plainly going places while Railton, sadly, is going nowhere.

[22 November]

Author: Platypus Man

"Platypus" is a red herring: I'm English, although my blogging career began in my record of a 2016 road trip to Tasmania. Other blogs followed covering road trips in Newfoundland (2017), the Yellowstone area of the USA (2018) and New Zealand (2019). My current project is "Now I'm 64" , a weekly blog covering UK travel and wildlife, along with bits of history, social commentary and moans about the injustice of aging. I can guarantee a few laughs, and also the occasional rant. Some of it's even quite well written!

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