Sadler Green’s long association with the ceramicist, Robert Dawson of Aesthetic Sabotage, has continued with his commission to create a wall mural for the new pedestrian and cycle crossing under the Westway Flyover in Paddington, West London. The mural is located opposite the entrance to the new ‘Street Sweepers’ depot that was built under the Westway, at the intersection of the new crossing on Harrow Road.
Dawson created the artwork in consultation with a group of local residents and organisations, which included Paddington Waterways, Active Concern on Transport and SE Bayswater Residents Association. Eventually, after many discussions and suggestions, Dawson arrived at a piece of public artwork which reflected the nature of the history and regeneration of the local area.
The mural combines a mixture of locally significant historical references, including a portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, within a skillfully interrelated and overlaid composition. It also reflects the continual process of change in the local area by including, for example, a geometric pattern based on the CrossRail logo and historical scenes of the local area. The composition of the artwork was formed by using square tiles finished in a range of blue tones, with details within the design, such as the chemical structure drawing for penicillin picked out in white, along the lines of delftware porcelain. Additionally, the mural is further enhanced by subtle lighting provided by a concealed strip light already installed during construction work for the depot. To ensure the longevity of the mural and to protect the surface, the artwork has been coated in an anti-graffiti finish.
Sadler Green have been proud to continue our association with Robert and are pleased to see the final outcome of the project.
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