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The Fun Side of Bollards

Bollards can serve many important functions - including separating traffic from pedestrians, restricting traffic movement or protecting buildings. We take a look at how some people have spruced up bollards to brighten up their local environment, and some quirky alternative bollards.

Yarn Bombing

Thought to have started in the 90's in Texas, this is a type of graffiti or street art using knitting or crochets to decorate street furniture.

Over the years there have been many stories of yarn bombing on street furniture: from Easter characters on bollards in Callender, Stirlingshire; lining the route of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race and the London Cycling Campign - who decorated bollards with knitted covers across London to highlight the importance of removing through motor traffic, which was one of their key policies.

Child-like Bollards

In a few locations across the country, councils trialled installing bollards painted and shaped like children outside of schools, in a bid to reduce speeding. They created mixed responses, with many saying they 'look creepy' or resemble 'villains from Doctor Who'. Others suggested they are ripe for vandalism, however looking at Google Street View it seems they were still in place in 2015, although some were looking a little tired!

Famous Baywalk Bollards

In the town of Geelong, in the state of Victoria, Australia, local artist Jan Mitchell was commissioned in the 90s by the City of Greater Geelong to transform old timbers from a demolished pier into works of art. By the end of the 90s, she had created over 100 colourful bollards chronicling the fascinating and fun history of the city, and some of the unique characters that played a part.

Hand-painted Bollards

In the town of Warminster, Hampshire, The Art of Bollards Project was conceived in 2005 as part of the Hat Fair celebrations. The team at The Colour Factory - which includes principal artists Jenny Muncaster and Rachael Alexander - took inspiration from some of the world's greatest painters, adding an extra splash of artistic integrity, fun and intrigue to the city's Cannon Bollards, supplied by Furnitubes.

Bollards don't need to be boring. Furnitubes cast iron bollards all come primed, ready for a top-coat of paint on-site, and many of our bollards are available to be powder-coated to any RAL colour. Click here to view Furnitubes' full range of bollards.


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