Finsbury street furniture hit by art attack
A COMMUNITY art project to brighten up the streets of Finsbury has seen telecommunications cabinets transformed into works of art.
School children, residents and local artists mounted an art attack on the clunky green boxes dotted around the streets to drive Virgin Media’s phone and broadband networks.
Twelve cabinets have become the unlikely canvases for colourful murals celebrating what is best about EC1 – and 10 more are to be completed in coming weeks.
St Luke’s Primary School pupil Ronni Rowland, 8, won a competition to have her drawing painted onto a box outside the school, in Bath Street. She said: “I love our cabinet. I think it’s really good and has lots of colour and detail.”
Other designs include depictions of young people from City YMCA and the canal side at Islington Boat Club.
You may also want to watch:
The project was funded by EC1 New Deal for Communities (NDC), a 10-year �52million regeneration programme that began in 2001.
Kirby Swales, chief executive of NDC, said: “We wanted to create something to celebrate the end of the NDC programme that has broad community appeal. From professional artists to residents and school children, it’s wonderful to see so many different people getting behind it.”
- 1 Jeremy Corbyn on the fuel poverty crisis
- 2 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 3 Islington Council caretaker charged with rape and aggravated burglary
- 4 Kentish Town teen creates football team to 'bring community together'
- 5 Islington eco-festival opens – but what about the Edmonton incinerator?
- 6 Call for action after scooter filmed riding on Islington pavement
- 7 Islington Council to press ahead with people friendly streets - despite disabled pleas
- 8 Club Curling comes to Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross
- 9 'Exceptional' heroes granted Islington's highest award, the 'Freedom of the Borough'
- 10 Clerkenwell fire: Margery Street office block blaze under investigation
Neal Walshe, of Virgin Media, which supported the scheme, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this fantastic project - normally our street furniture is designed to blend into the background. These stunning looking cabinets bring real identity to the area and we’re really delighted with the results.”