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Croydon commissions new ground art project

Croydon’s streets are getting a splash of colour with new ground-based artworks installed across the town centre.

 

The first pieces were installed at the junction of High Street and Park Street and High Street and Katharine Street.

The artwork frames either end of the pedestrianised area of the town centre, which is set to become a vibrant public space used for a range of events and performances.

Designed by local artist and Croydon School of Art graduate Adam Halliday, the artwork uses bold and distinctive imagery to highlight and celebrate features of the borough’s unique skyline.

Another piece of ground art is installed in Dingwall Road, with further pieces due to be installed in and around South End at the junction with Brighton Road and on Southbridge Road. Created by designer Adam Nathaniel Furman, who was last year named a rising star in design and architecture by The Observer, the piece is inspired by his concept ‘Look Down to Look Up’, which takes specific architecture in Croydon and transforms them into fun patterns, colours and shapes.

The installations come after a piece of ground art was installed last month at a crossing close to The Crescent Primary School in Selhurst as part of a ‘Safe Steps for Schools’ pilot. Designed by global design studio Eley Kishimoto, the piece was fully funded by contractors Thames Hydroblasting, and aims to educate children to use pedestrian crossings safely through the use of fun, visual design. If the concept proves successful it will be considered for roll out near other schools in the borough.

Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, cabinet member for economy and jobs, said: “These fantastic pieces of ground art will bring a lovely splash of colour to Croydon and the installation on the high street creatively bookends what will be a fantastic space for a variety of performances, cultural and civic activities being planned for the late spring.”