The City Council still occasionally commissions new murals in the city, and this one, situated off Musgrave Row, next to the City Library, was produced as part of the re-building of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum during 2008.
It is a hand painted work that draws on the rich history of the city, along with some iconic objects from the museum. Torsa's Cross divides the composition into two. On the right is Rougemont Castle and the many comings and goings through the centuries. Three Bideford witches are commemorated at the gate house of the castle with a plaque - artistic licence has placed them around a cauldron, Macbeth style. Exeter's links with the sea through its port, and the pirates that afflicted the city's shipping are also alluded to. On the left is the Phoenix Arts Centre, originally the University College of the South West, a Roman soldier and Gerald, the museums own giraffe.
The mural was painted by Andrew Alleway and an assistant in November 2008. Inside New Buildings Passage, at the Gandy Street end, can be found a smaller mural, bottom right, also painted by Alleway.
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