This is the centre panel of a mural inside the Piccadilly tunnel through which the Rochdale Canal passes.
For many years, the tunnel below Piccadilly, which includes Lock 85, had been a neglected and menacing area. In 2002/3, in readiness for the re-opening of the whole Rochdale Canal, the tunnel area was improved, with better lighting, dark recesses blocked off by panelling and a new walkway avoiding the need to walk around the edge of the underground area. The new mural brightens the panelling.
The mural celebrates in art the cultural heritage of Manchester, from the industrial revolution through to the Commonwealth Games. Its centrepieces are renditions of the Commonwealth Games 2002 logo and the canal boat 'Manchester Rose 2002', emphasising the importance that year played in rejuvenating the city's 20 mile waterway system.
More information on the Pennine Waterways website.
A contribution to Monday Murals.