Southwark Street, in the heart of Bankside, is set for a creative transformation in 2015, thanks to a £50,000 award from Transport for London, one of ten projects funded through their Future Streets Incubator initiative.
Colourful Crossings, will commission an artist to trial how different graphic treatments applied to the street and pavement at key pedestrian crossings along Southwark Street, London SE1 impact on pedestrian and driver behaviour, and will assess how these creative interventions alter peoples’ perceptions of Southwark Street as a public space.
The project will focus on 4 different pedestrian crossings along Southwark Street, and aim to increase footfall and animate Southwark Street and improve peoples' perceptions of the street. The artist's brief will be commissioned early in 2015, and the project will be implemented during the spring and summer months.
The Colourful Crossings project, which builds on previous Better Bankside art commissions, including 2012’s Union Press and it's annual Merge Festival, continues to take art out of its traditional gallery setting, and will help reinforce Bankside’s position as a world class cultural destination.