Designing a future without ring road
Artists link up with road planners for innovative scheme
DRAMATIC plans for revamping the town’s concrete collar have won an award for artistic innovation.
The multi-million pound redesign was announced as winner of an award given by Art Plus.
Four artists worked with Kent County Council’s highways design team to come up with the Breaking Boundaries project.
The project received an award worth £50,000 and will see the ring road transformed into a series of streets which will form the UK’s largest shared space scheme.
Through the shared space scheme, an environment is created with reduced reliance on road signs and where motorists and pedestrians have equal rights.
A fifth artist, Michael Pinsky, came up with artwork which will run alongside the site works.
Lost O is a commissioned programme of public art to celebrate the loss of the ring road.
This linking of art with a major highways scheme is said to be a national first.
The project was one of seven from around the South East which got to the final round.
The Art Plus Award Scheme for art in public places is a joint initiative by Arts Council England and SEEDA to commission and deliver public art.
Some 39 awards, totalling £640,000, have been given to public art projects across the South East.
West Street by John Atkin, in collaboration with Nayan Kulkarni and Whitelaw Turkington Landscape Architects
Part of Michael Pinsky’s Lost O design