Wakes Week – Steve McNulty 1985

‘Wakes Week’ by Steve McNulty is located just above the escalator in the Railway Station entrance to Central Station Metro.

Commissioned in 1985, ‘Wakes Week’ is a large abstract mural composed of a sequence of vitreous enamel panels which extend over two walls, at right angles to each other.

Wakes Week was the traditional summer holiday which marked the annual closure of factories and mills around the north of England.

Its ordered surface, of horizontal white lines, is disrupted by bold angular coloured lines that run off in all directions. Conveying a sense of energy and vibrancy these lines break free from the underlying structure of the overall composition.