Walthamstow Central Station

Solum Regeneration, a joint venture partnership between Kier Plc and Network Rail, collaborated with Art Projects to satisfy the public art required for their Section 106 planning condition.

The brief was to create a “low-key”, highly durable, low maintenance public artwork which would not attract vandalism.

Building on the idea of traditional station clocks, time, journeys and destinations, we engaged David Brown, a specialist sundial designer, to create a new bespoke design for the railway station entrance. Poetry workshops were organised by Art Projects for local attendees, run by poet Pascale Petit, based on the theme of time and travel, and seven poems were selected for integration within the public art.

David created a Corten steel gnomon which acted as the centrepoint with stainless steel radials embedded in the road, each topped by carved granite numerals and a light, so that during evening hours the design maintained its form. Inlaid within the paving approaching the station entrance was a series of carved poems sharing local resident’s thoughts and feelings about travel.