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Coronation Street

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From Coronation Street Wiki

A proud Hilda shows off her Mountain Mural to Bet Lynch and Annie Walker in 1976

Hilda Ogden's mural is one of the best-known set features ever to appear in Coronation Street, not just because of its archetypal tastelessness but also due to Hilda's own frequently quoted malapropism of referring to the picture as her "Muriel".

In July 1976 Hilda decided that she wanted her downstairs back room decorated. Eddie Yeats, wanting to get into Hilda's good books and be taken on as a lodger, offered to obtain some cheap wallpaper for her and Stan but on pasting these onto the walls they discovered that several of the rolls were badly faded and they were unable to obtain any replacements – with one of the three walls yet to be finished. Eddie placated a furious Hilda by obtaining several strips of paper that, put together, formed a large picture of a mountain vista. Hilda was thrilled with the "Muriel" but she and Stan could never decide what the mountain range was - Stan thought it was the Canadian Rockies whereas Hilda thought it was the Alps. Hilda bragged about her new decorative feature whereas the neighbours had diametrically opposite (but diplomatically hidden) views.

In March 1977 the mural was damaged when Suzie Birchall attempted to clean Elsie Tanner's chimney cheaply by dropping a brick down the flue. Unfortunately she chose the wrong chimney pot and the brick dropped into the Ogden's house, covering Stan, Hilda, the room and the mural in black soot. The mountain vista continued to have a fog of dark clouds covering it for another eighteen months until August 1978 when Hilda discovered that she and Stan paid the same amount of water rates as Elsie Tanner, living singly, next door and she insisted Stan have more baths in order to get their full money's worth. A very reluctant Stan fell asleep in the bath with the taps on and the water flowed downstairs covering the mural and creating an effect of river deep, mountain soggy.

The second version from 1978 complete with ducks

Tearing the paper when she attempted to repair it, Hilda was inconsolable over her lost work of art. To make up for the ruined mural, Stan got hold of another scene. This time it was a cliffside seascape and Hilda forgave Stan.

At one point Hilda put up on the mural three flying ducks that used to be on Elsie Tanner's wall, although the middle duck seemed to have a navigational problem and was permanently pointing downwards away from its two compatriots. The "Muriel" escaped further damage during Hilda's remaining time at No.13 and although she was unable to take her beloved vista with her when she moved out of the street in December 1987, she was able to take the ducks, telling a somewhat sceptical Percy Sugden that "I've come in here more times than I care to remember. Cold. Wet. Bone tired. Not a penny in me purse. And seeing them ducks and that muriel... well they've kept me hand away from gas tap. And that's a fact."

When Kevin and Sally Webster bought No.13 off Hilda, the couple made many changes to the house and one of these was to paper over the mural. It is apparently still underneath the wallpaper.

In real life, the Ogden's living room set, with the second version of the "Muriel" and the flying ducks, was a permanently erected set on the Granada Studios tour when it opened up in 1988.


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Lostpedia

Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From Lostpedia

The mural in the Swan Station, aka "The Hatch Painting"
The Swan mural by Jack Bender

The mural, also known as the hatch painting or Swan mural, was a large painting along the wall between the entrance corridor and the living area of the Swan. Painted in an expressionist style by Desmond, (Secrets From the Hatch) it was a mélange of images and writing, many of which may be open to interpretation. The basic elements are identified in the gallery below; detailed interpretations are found on the theories page.

Contents

Elements

  • Black man with eye scratched out, who appears to be wearing a cassock or other item of clerical clothing
  • Caucasian woman
  • Yellow object and the sign: eye, m, sick (I am sick)
  • Sailing vessel
  • Stick figure people up-side down
  • Arrow
  • Sun
  • Numbers 108 and 42
  • Three Houses
  • Waves
  • Fish
  • Stick figure people right-side up. One of the stick figures is connected with a red line to the numbers. Some of the stick figures are in a section of the mural that is red as opposed to yellow.
  • Moon and starry night. The moon's phase appears to be between waning crescent and last quarter.
  • The Arrow is heading towards 325° and at the left side of the Arrow you can read "Out".


Trivia

The mural with overlays from the chalkboard
  • The mural was painted by executive producer and director Jack Bender. All of Jack's art can be seen on his official website: http://www.jackbenderart.com
  • The tools Bender used were paint, pencil, and wax crayon. [1]
  • The mural was featured in the trailer for Lost: Via Domus.
  • Many items on the mural reappeared at a chalkboard in the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute in "The Beginning of the End".
  • The circle with a dot is called a circumpunct, long used to symbolize the sun.


External links

Painting displayed in a gallery of Jack Bender's artwork at the Meltdown launch party for Kubrick action figures
  • Jack Bender's full Art Collection - http://www.jackbenderart.com
  • Thehatchpainting.com - Official site, from Jack Bender and Yarger Fine Art
  • Yarger Fine Art - To see the mural, click to "Jack Bender" under "Artists". Autographed and unautographed renditions of the "Hatch Painting", either poster or on canvas, are for sale.

Gallery


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