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Colourful Crossings put spotlight on Southwark Street

Two new artist commissions have appeared along Southwark Street, guaranteed to lift your spirits
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager

Regular commuters who walk along Southwark Street may have come across two new additions to the streetscape.  Works from artists Adam Frank, and the Office for Crafted Architecture have recently been installed, commissioned as part of Better Bankside's Avenue of Art initiative.

Adam Frank's work, 'The Performer' is an interactive piece which encourages participants to perform under a spotlight in which a computer controlled audio audience applauds you as you become more active.  It uses a real-time audio audience simulation and movement sensor to produce an illusion of a 500-member audience applauding just for you!

Meanwhile outside the Menier Gallery, 'Crossing Stories' has transformed a pedestrian crossing into a vivid graphic image, linked to an A-Z of stories collected from local residents and workers.  A playful board game on the pavement is made up of words and pictograms which offer a starting point for an exploration of the wider locality.

Avenue of Art is a new strand of Better Bankside's work for 2015-20.  Working with local partners including Southwark Council, Transport for London and local businesses, it aims to transform Southwark Street and its surroundings through a rolling programme of creative commissions, bringing art out its traditional gallery settings.

Oct 15 2015