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Artist design for exciting new wayfinding artwork released - Head Street.

Our Colchester BID is asking residents for their views on an exciting new artist designed wayfinding artwork on the junction of Head Street and Sir Isaac’s Walk in the town centre.

An online survey will be open from Wednesday 17th November 2021 until Wednesday 24th November. Residents will have the opportunity to see initial proposals for the piece, which forms part of a wider strategy by the BID and Colchester Borough Council to make improvements to the town centre and support local independent businesses, particularly in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, and follows on from proposals for creative wayfinding on Short Wyre St announced last month.

Sited at a key junction along the independent shopping route that currently suffers from poor signage, the piece is intended to help announce and celebrate the distinctive identity of the streets and invite visitors to explore further.

Ben Coode-Adams was selected to design the work, bringing a wealth of experience as a locally based sculptor who has regularly made work for the public realm in metal and has focused on Colchester’s unique history for the piece, drawing on items in the museum collections for inspiration.

Sam Good, BID Manager said: “Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) are excited to be continuing our work with HAT Projects on this wayfinding piece. Colchester has such a strong offering of local independent shops and unique roads. Installations such as this, will help highlight the unique areas of our town that deserve celebrating in a way that everyone can enjoy.

We're thrilled to be working with local architects and designers such as Ben, it highlights the strength of the artistic community we have here in Colchester. Following the success of our previous consultation on our Short Wyre St wayfinding artwork, of which we had an overwhelming amount of support for, we are passionate about hearing what our residents have to say on this next phase”

The project is being managed by Colchester based architecture practice, HAT Projects, who are also responsible for the forthcoming transformation of St Nicholas Square.

The online survey can be found here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2XQJU2/

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