Local group Abundance London approached Hounslow Council with an ambitious project to regenerate an area beneath Turnham Green railway bridge.
With permission from Transport for London, the area has been transformed with two sets of mural artworks. The murals depict a series of 16 cartographic images, dating back from 1593 to the present day. Included are diagrams of the first train line and Second World War bomb damage, illustrating the changes over the centuries.
Abundance London are a group of voluntary growers and community activists who harvest surplus fruit, plant orchards, take part in “guerrilla gardening” and work to connect their urban community with nature. They are also committed to creating beautiful public spaces not only through gardening but through art, working with local schools, volunteers, businesses, community groups and local government to achieve their aims.
Following initial surveys, Links Signs won the tender to make, print and install two sets of 27 meter-long murals to cover two walls. Links Signs delivered a series of 49 individual vitreous enamel cladded panels, each nearly 3 meters tall. Vitreous enamel is an incredibly durable material, with excellent weather resistance and UV protection. Because each panel is unique, screen printing them required anything from 3 or 4, to 15 different individual colours. The panels are supported by a framework of steel box sections. Additionally, the panels had to be carefully positioned on the walls to cover existing obstacles like drainage pipes.
At least 1 out of every 3 panels also feature beautiful artworks by renowned artists such as Sir Peter Blake and William Hogarth. These were carefully applied as full colour transfers and sealed during the enamelling process. The entire project forms part of the Chiswick Timeline project, which is additionally supported by a commemorative book and other materials.
At Links Signs we are always keen to support public arts projects through our experience and expertise. Acting both as art fabricators and signage manufacturers across a variety of public arts projects, we work together with artists, institutions and public bodies such as local councils to bring artistic concepts into the public realm.
We believe wholeheartedly in the place art can have in enhancing public spaces – whether it’s in fostering a sense of community or contributing to urban renewal. If you would like to find out more about how our work can help to facilitate public art, do get in touch.
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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