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Construction site inspires acrylic paintings

A resident living near the £140M Mogden Sewage Works upgrade work site has created a collection of paintings based around the project.

Retired art teacher Clare Davies has produced a collection of acrylic paintings inspired by the building site in Isleworth after observing engineers at work.

Davies said: “My initial reaction to the site was like many of my neighbours, I was really angry. But then one day, when I was looking out with my grandson, something just changed and I was reminded of some of the impressive large lorries I once saw in New York.

“An army of diggers facing my property were uniformly parked in a line on top of a big mound of earth. It looked dramatic and it got me excited − I began to see how this could make an interesting subject for my art work.

“I get up at dawn to watch them work. My initial feelings have turned into a genuine interest in what Thames Water is doing at Mogden.

“There is a continually changing landscape happening right outside my back door that I want to keep painting.”

Davies’ paintings were exhibited locally earlier this month. A selection of the images can be viewed at

The Mogden upgrade will enable the sewage works to treat 50% more sewage than at present, so it can better cope with heavy rainfall, helping to prevent discharges into the river.

Around 650,000t of soil has been shifted whilst moving the western embankment to make room for the new sewage treatment equipment and work to create the foundations for the new treatment tank is now well under way.

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