Monks will be seen fetching flagons of ale under the streets of Gloucester and taking them to a city bar.
The city’s historic legends are due to be brought to life in 3-D art right in the city centre thanks to a world-famous artist.
Westgate Street will come alive with history when five ‘holes’ appear to celebrate Gloucester History Festival.
Created by 3D artist Joe Hill, one artwork will show the myth that many believed was true: a tunnel which linked the ‘Monks Retreat’ bar in the 12 Century undercroft of the Fleece Inn with the Cathedral.
While there is no evidence to suggest that this is true, in a comical homage to the legend, Joe will craft a ‘hole’ in the pavement revealing the monks secretly fetching their flagons of foaming ale and taking them back to their cloisters.
His intention is to make it look as though the street has been dug away to show buried archaeological features or depict Gloucester’s famous stories such as Beatrix’s Potter’s Tailor of Gloucester.
He has created artworks for a range of clients over the years including Google, Disney, Reebok, Save the Children and Coca-Cola.
A consultation in the former David Edward’s jewellery shop will explain more about the history of the street and future activities related to the planned restoration of Westgate Street’s historic buildings.
Councillor Richard Cook, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “This is a fantastic way of bringing Gloucester’s rich history to life in anticipation of our upcoming restoration project, which is helping to preserve that history for future generations.”
The artworks will be revealed on Friday September 18 and will be on display until Sunday, September 21.
Access is available from 10am-5pm except for Sunday, when they will close at 4pm.
Social distancing will be observed, visitors will need to wear a mask when visiting the exhibition and hand sanitiser will be provided.