Please see below for the latest Art in the Community proposal submitted by local residents:
Some interesting discussion arose out of the last Art in the Community meeting. Along with a semblance of a consensus on what we actually like/dislike. A core reaction seemed to suggest a multi-location aspect to our ‘art’, as well as respecting the ‘old’ as opposed to the ‘new’. This would suggest creativity which blends in, rather than provokes (which is why I mentioned it being decoration, rather than art).
To that end, I am suggesting we take a few of the streams of thought, and using the mash-up concept, fuse them into one. The elements in question would be the victorian tiles (which seemed to garner positive noises), a new street naming scheme, and the mural.
This I think could be resolved with unique (and bespoke) street name signage for our area. Incorporating an original glazed Victorian tile as a separator, we could ‘build’ these mural-esque items with the addition of new, glazed letter forms (a la Scrabble, if you like). We know of a local (and successful) potter who might be worth approaching (should the scheme be approved). I envisage a stack of glazed letters, in an appropriately ‘vintage’ font. Along with the ‘picture’ tile, we can use these to compose the various street names, set within a solid base framework.
It may be that we retain the existing street names, and locate these new ones at a higher location, to avoid potential vandalism.
In addition, we could apply our chosen font to additional artworks (the Turnpike Stores wall for example), if these projects are realised.
Extra glazed letters could be employed at the gateways to spell out the area name – if we do rename.
See the attached visuals for an idea of how this idea might take shape. Ultimately, we could satisfy a number of criteria – uniqueness for the area, decorative ‘punctuation points’ at each road junction, historical referencing, function as well as form.
Local residents have sourced a tile supplier that worked onthe refurbishment of Turnpike Lane underground station – you can see their work here.