Stratford town centre bollards set for an arty makeover - The Stratford Observer

Stratford town centre bollards set for an arty makeover

Stratford Editorial 14th Nov, 2022   0

BOLLARDS in Stratford town centre are set for an arty makeover – and residents can help.

Local artist IIona Pike is set to transform six bollards in Meer Street into works of public art.

She was commissioned for the project by Coun Tim SInclair from Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and Stratford Strategic Partnership.

IIlona is planning to design the six bollards around themes closely linked to the stories of the town and she is keen to hear from local residents.

There will be an opportunity to find out more about the art project at a public drop-in event on Thursday November 17 from 1pm at the old H&M premises in Bell Court – which is currently being used by Escape Arts as their youth space.

This drop-in event will be an opportunity for people to meet the artist and to give their views on the themes the designs should be based on.

Coun Heather Timms, WCC spokesperson for environment, climate and culture, said: “It’s great to see something that is so innovative and fun and that will bring yet more colour and interest to Stratford’s wonderful town centre, particularly this pedestrianised area in the centre of town, which is so popular with locals and visitors, being close to Shakespeare’s Birthplace.”

While Coun Tim Sinclair, ward member for Stratford North, said: “Street furniture, and bollards in particular, are not the first thing that you think about when someone mentions art or creativity, but we want to change that in Stratford.

“We are really excited about this project and seeing Ilona, an incredibly talented local artist, turn her visions into pieces of street art that will be enjoyed for generations to come. I hope to see as many of our residents coming along to the drop-in session on the 17th as possible to find out more about this project.”


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