Links Signs was commissioned by the London Borough of Hillingdon to design a modular vitreous enamel cladding system that could carry artwork by renowned artists Gordon Collett and Cosmo Sarson. These murals celebrate the history of the local Northwood Hills area as part of a large regeneration project.
Gordon Collett is a mural painter, a fine art portrait painter, a bookplate designer and an art tutor. In his work, he has collaborated with other artists and public bodies in the creation of large-scale artwork, in particular that which supports the community. Cosmo Sarson is also a painter, and is a well known figure in the UK street art scene, having appeared in several books on the subject.
Links Signs also commissioned photographer Thierry Bal to capture this fantastic piece of public art. Thierry’s practice predominantly focuses on contemporary art – he specialises in working with arts magazines, arts institutions and projects with and for artists.
Surveys of the mural areas were made, in order to establish a panel design meeting the requirements of the artists. In addition, Transport for London also required us to develop a robust framing and fixing method. Since balancing artistic and structural requirements was crucial, this was obviously no mean feat.
In the end, Links Signs produced 48 individual screen printed panels of beautiful artwork. Working closely with the artists, a bespoke palette of colours were mixed at our studio. These were in turn screen printed to the cladding, with each panel having between 9 and 23 colours!
Links Signs have collaborated with artists, councils and art institutions in the creation of several public arts projects. We believe in the power of public art to tell the story of a community, aid in regeneration, encourage visitors to an area and bolster public pride. Our work as signage manufacturers also, of course, gives us a great interest in design and the practical and aesthetic aspects of creating work in public spaces.
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A pleasure to work with Links again on such a poignant programme. Delivering amazing high quality. Very much looking forward to working together again in the future.Robert Varney – Engagement Officer (North) & TfL Charities Scheme Manager
Links Signs took on the challenge to provide the awards for the first Transport for London Supplier Awards. Using products and materials that are supplied to TfL for our station signage, Links created very impressive plaques for our winners and runners up. Throughout the production process Links kept TfL up to date with images, delivery schedule and were always on hand to clarify any queries. We look forward to working with them again next year.Amanda Green – Transport for London
Link Signs provide a first class service throughout the design, production and delivery process. I worked closely with the team on a high profile project, with requirements changing on a sometimes daily basis. Links Signs went and above and beyond to meet our requirements and surpassed our expectations. I would highly recommend and endorse working with Link Signs.Catherine Villegas – Project Manager, Transport for London
The team at Links Signs provide unfailing support and flexibility, which enables us to develop ambitious schemes and be confident of the highest quality results. Working with them has transformed the way we approach our exhibition design.Catherine Harvey – Hastings Museum Office & Keeper of World Art
Links Signs successfully managed a complex project overseeing the manufacture and installation of 48 panels to create a bespoke mural on the Transport for London (TfL) owned bridge and the station entrance at Northwood Hills station. Links ensured not only that all the technical and engineering requirements of TfL were met but also that the extensive colour hues specified by mural artists Gordon Collett and Cosmo Sarson were achieved. The finished result is wonderful, as summed up by Mayor of London Boris Johnson when he visited ‘My God, it’s beautiful! Did we do this? The murals – they’re sensational!’ He added: ‘I think it’s all fantastic, really imaginative. I’m very proud.’Helena Webster – Town Centre Improvements Team Manager, London Borough of Hillingdon
Links Signs are experienced, professional and offer great value for money. I know I am in safe hands when I am working with them.Mariam Zulfiqar – Freelance Curator