The council removed the colourful artwork from the roundabout at the centre of the Hoxton-Pitfield streets intersection last autumn so the junction could be rearranged to make it more cyclist and pedestrian-friendly and to have traffic lights added.
A contributor to a local councillors’ blog
says the roadworks cost the taxpayer almost £500,000.
I Love Hoxton
was commissioned from NE London artist Kevin Harrison
by the Hoxton Trust
, an organisation set up to enhance the social, economic and environmental potential of the area.
A survey had shown that an artwork pointing towards Hoxton High Street and its market
in London N1 would help to boost the street’s identity.
Trust director Karina van der Merwe told Loving Dalston: “The sculpture attempts to direct people to Hoxton Street, as well as being a memorable landmark.
“The design he came up used characteristics common to the drawings. For example the children often drew food as if it were on the outside of a bag, rather than in it.”
The sculpture-set had survived for 10 years without being vandalised and had been repainted only twice, by volunteers form the City.
Van der Merwe was convinced this was to do with the involvement of local children and the trust’s consultation of residents and retailers.
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