New pop-art look for central roads

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CENTRAL Milton Keynes has been given a pop-art face-lift as part of its Summer of Culture.

Designs by internationally-renowned city artist Robert Rusin, depicting the city in an uplifting, colourful way, were painted on the porch structures in the central reservation close to Midsummer Place.

The move is part of the Summer of Culture, which will run from May to September.

The festival of arts, heritage and sports is funded by a £100,000 Arts Council England grant has been organised by Milton Keynes Council, Fringe MK:Westbury, the Milton Keynes Parks Trust and Destination MK.

It kicked off with an Arts & Heritage Open Places workshop, which ran from May 11 to 20, and will continue through June with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Campbell Park, a Connected Earth communications week-long event between MK Museum & Bletchley Park and the Olympic endorsed MK Games which will run for six weeks.

The Olympic Torch Relay and the MK Festival Fringe and IF: the International Festival will take part in July, with more cultural events and activities planned in for August and September.

The summer will culminate in the seventh year of Heritage Open Days from September 6-9.