'Syvers - Branding the Street' Virtual Art Exhibition

JONO Design is pleased to invite you to a viewing of 'Syvers - Branding the Street', a virtual art exhibition displaying artworks inspired by the iron drain covers of Falkirk!

'Syvers' is a Scottish word for 'drain cover' or 'gutter'.

Click on the image below to see the exhibition at the JONO Design's Virtual Gallery. The video will open in a new tab and last for around four minutes.

Click on the image to play the video.

'Syvers' virtual art exhibition video


Falkirk is a town in the Central Belt of Scotland, half-way between Glasgow to the west and Edinburgh to the east. Many of the streets in Falkirk have drain and manhole covers made by iron foundries formerly found in the locality. They come in a variety of shapes and patterns, and this inspired a creative project to produce artwork illustrating this part of Falkirk's heritage.

Creating the exhibition

Nine artworks created by JONO Design have been curated into a virtual exhibition. Firstly, photos were taken of the syvers, and these were used to create the artworks in Photoshop. The images were 'hung' in a virtual gallery, which is actually a series of PowerPoint slides. Text was added to provide a commentary alongside the artworks, highlighting the story of iron casting, once an important industry in central Scotland. The presentation was then saved in a video format. A video editor was used to add the sound, and compression software reduced the size of the file.


Falkirk Archives. Records of Businesses: Iron foundries and iron industries – Finding Aid. Falkirk Community Trust.

Grace's Guide Ltd. Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. www.gracesguide.co.uk

Scottish Water. Factsheet 15 – Street furniture: covers.



This exhibition appeared in JONO Design e-news. The e-news is published once every couple of months and each issue contains a specially designed infographic.

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