As part of the London Festival of Architecture in 2010, embracing the slogan of 'Love Your Street', Squire and Partners organised a Street Party on Wicklow Street and St Chad's Place in their King's Cross neighbourhood. The party was an opportunity to engage with our immediate community and celebrate the cobbled Victorian streets which epitomise our corner of King's Cross.
The Wicklow Street Party
The Street Party hosted a series of activities including live music, Urban Golf, jugglers, donkey rides, a drawing wall and several local food and drink stalls.
As part of the event, we commissioned young British artist Anna Garforth to create a site specific installation on an existing steel railway wall running along St Chad's Place, which celebrated the locality and tied into the London Festival of Architecture theme.
Anna designed a series of paper pyramids, folded from a single page of the King's Cross Yellow Pages directory and hand applied in a random pattern to imitate urban sprawl. Towards the end of the railway wall where St Chad's Place meets Wicklow Street, the pyramids converge to create a cutout heart shape, next to which vinyl lettering spell out 'Love Your Street'.
The artwork was a fantastic addition to The Wicklow Street Party and attracted a great deal of interest from residents and visitors. We later commissioned Anna to create a second artwork on the railway wall (see King's Cross Picnic) for the London Festival of Architecture in 2012.