Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Year of the Bus

It's been a very busy year for me with public art projects. After painting half a dozen hares and a book bench I was lucky to get the opportunity to paint a bus for another fantastic Wild in Art project.

They are working with Transport for London and the London Transport Museum to bring 60 of the 8ft long bus sculptures to the streets of London in the autumn. 2014 has been designated the 'Year of the Bus' to celebrate 60 years since the creation of the first Routemaster. The sculptures are based on the new Routemaster bus which was launched earlier this year.

My design was inspired by some of the iconic London Transport posters of the past, which featured decorative umbrellas. The 'Brolly Bus' has 56 ( I think!) colourful umbrellas against a sunshine and showers rainbow sky and autumn leaves. Old London is represented by St Paul's Cathedral and new London by the Millennium Bridge.

The sculptures will be auctioned at the end of the year to raise money for charities Kids Company and Transaid and the London Transport Museum.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

London Rd Gateway Regeneration Project

I have recently been commissioned by Bath & North East Somerset Council to work on some designs that will be laser cut onto new CorTen steel tree planters. These will be sited on the A4 London Rd in Bath, in the Snow Hill area, as part of the London Rd Gateway Regeneration project.

I'm delighted to be working with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of With Words on the community consultation phase of the project.
We have called this 'Words on the A4' and are inviting the local community to get involved. Alan will be visiting the Gateway Community Centre, local shops and businesses, and roving round the area gathering spoken and written words which will inform my designs. Alan specialises in the Haiku and Renga forms of poetry and can also help you create a poem from your words if you wish.

Have you got something to say about what this area and its community means to you?

You can contact Alan at a4@withwords.org.uk or me at wordsona4@gmx.com

You can follow us on twitter @WordsonTheA4 or blog WordsontheA4.blogspot.com which will be going live very soon.