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Painted Bollards in Winchester Square

The Art of Bollards is an ongoing project that began in 2005, aimed at injecting some colour into the heart of Winchester and to give visitors an insight into the culture and individuality of the historic city centre.

 

The artists Jenny Muncaster and Racheal Alexander initiated the exciting project within The Square in Winchester; they wanted to use their skills and expertise to create outstanding individual works of art to inspire the community and reinstate the importance of culture and history in the town centre. Furnitubes' popular Cannon Bollards were the chosen subjects for their works of art, due to their simple design and great positioning. 

 

The Square itself is now home to 21 uniquely painted Cannon bollards and many independent retailers, quaint pubs and popular restaurants, several of whom have been keen sponsors throughout.

When the painting of a bollard were sponsored by a local business, the artists from The Colour Factory aimed to reflect or relate their design to the nature of the business. For example, one of the bollards was sponsored by Famous TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Chris Bianco of the Union Jacks Restaurants; inspiration came from Sir Peter Blake, an artist whose iconic imagery of British and American popular culture reflected the look and nature of the Union Jacks Restaurant perfectly. A lot of inspiration for the bollard artwork came from other influential artists such as Picasso, Mondrian, Jackson Pollack, Matisse and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Not only has the project bring back some culture and colour into the city, it also brought the community together. The Colour Factory artists allowed local residents and community groups of all ages to design images for some of the bollards, something they can now enjoy and be proud of for many years to come.

 

We love this idea and see it as being a great opportunity for local authorities to develop and encourage culture and individuality in their community. We would be more than happy to put you in contact with the artists from The Colour Factory to discuss designs for your new projects and developments and of course this will now be an option when ordering new cast iron bollards with us. Visit the artists directly on www.thecolourfactory.org.uk or call one of our advisors today on 0208 378 3200.

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