24th May, 2022

3D street artist Joe & Max recreates Sir Guy of Warwick's epic quest in Coventry

Editorial Correspondent 26th Apr, 2021 Updated: 27th Apr, 2021

3D STREET artist Joe Hill has travelled around the world making cinematic pavement art – and his latest endeavour is an epic 3D Knight’s Quest trail through Coventry city centre.

Families will have a second chance to join Sir Guy of Warwick on his quest “to track down his greatest foes and become a Knight” this May Bank Holiday weekend (May 1-3) from 9am to 6pm.

It is only on show over two weekends and was launched to coincide with St George’s Day on April 23.

Each of the five canvas’ sees participants coming face-to-face with all manner of medieval beasts in Broadgate, Ironmonger Row, Belgrade Plaza, Shelton Square and Fargo Village.

According to legend Guy was rumoured to be the son of England’s patron saint, St George, who has been linked to the city.

As a page in the court of the Earl of Warwick, Guy fell in love with the Earl’s daughter Felice. Rejected as too low born to win her hand, he embarks on a series of heroic tasks to prove himself worthy.

Each of the five canvas’ sees participants coming face-to-face with all manner of medieval beasts in Broadgate, Ironmonger Row, Belgrade Plaza, Shelton Square and Fargo Village.

For eight years artist duo Joe and Max Lowry brightened up pavements across the world with their breathtaking visuals, until Max’s death in 2010. Joe continues to paint under the name 3D Joe & Max.

3D Joe and Max’s stunning visuals have included a dinosaur ‘bursting’ through the wall for the opening of the Natural History Museum’s Dinosaur exhibition; a 3D street artwork live in Madrid for the third instalment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and another for the Marvel film ‘Dr Strange’ in Los Feliz, LA.

They also broke two Guinness World Records for the longest and largest piece of 3D street art ever with an image for Reebok in London.

People are reminded by the council to adhere to social distancing guidelines and follow any instructions on the signs around the artwork, designed to ensure that people can view the artwork in a safe manner.

Download a map of the free trail here or pick one up from the Council House reception, open 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

Families are also encouraged can share their photos using #Knightsquest on social media and find out more here.

Time Will Tell Theatre company have created a video with actors reacting to Sir Guy’s various triumphs, available online or onsite by scanning a QR code near the artwork at each site.

WATCH VIDEO HERE:

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Coun Ann Lucas said: “I am so pleased that we are able to present such an imaginative and creative event here in Coventry. I’m sure everyone will love the artwork and will be gripped by the tale of Sir Guy.

“Lots of our city centre businesses have worked really hard to re-open and be ready to welcome local residents and visitors back. So, I encourage people to take advantage of this and to make the most of their visit to the reopened City Centre.”

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