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 12 enamel way-finding signs, together with a large-scale wall artwork which references the rail network colours and symbols. This artwork and signage creates a unique and contemporary identity for the development.
The Bellway development, Nihill Place is situated on the location of the old Addiscombe Station. The existing yellow brick wall along the north-western boundary is a remnant of the station building.
The large wall-mounted artwork is located on a prominent wall space within the development and has used 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.
Tom has referenced folding train map pamphlets for the artwork which was also employed for a flyer distributed to local residents introducing them to the project.
“Thank you for your design and imagination – I too think this was a very successful partnership!” – Technical director, Bellway Homes Ltd (South London).
For additional information, there is a website which showcases in further detail, these unique artworks:
The old Addiscombe station site