The recently awarded project will consist of enamelled work creating signage/wayfinding elements for the housing development. The project will explore connections with the site as it borders the old Addiscombe station site. This is an exciting opportunity for myself using the traditional medium for station signage in a contemporary context.
Nihill Place is situated on the location of the old Addiscombe Station. The street name derives from the successful race-walker (and the borough’s first Olympic medallist!), Paul Nihill, who lived locally in Grant Road.
Public Artist Tom Pearman, has taken the concept of the rail and tram networks and the idea of ‘moving along a line’, to create a series of way-finding signs, together with a wall art plaque which references the rail network colours and symbols. This artwork and signage creates a unique and inspiring identity for the development. The large plaque is located on a prominent wall space within the development. Tom will use particular colours and font with an Art-Deco style, to reflect the important period when there was significant infrastructure growth in Croydon. These signs and artworks are created using vitreous enamel on steel – this is the same material and technique that is still used today for signage utilised by the rail transport network in London, both overground and underground.
For additional information, there is a website which showcases in further detail, these unique artworks: www.tompearman.co.uk/nihill-place