A new project by Euston Town, supported by the Mayor of London Fund, is looking to reconnect locals with their green spaces and introduce meaningful, thought-provoking installations.
Business partnership Euston Town’s latest project is taking on the worst effects of HS2 and turning them into something positive. Leading from Euston station, the central construction area, to the leafy paradise of Regents Park, they are creating a walking route punctuated with imaginative destinations and interventions. The objective is to get people walking and cycling, avoiding the dangerous pollution of Euston Road and exploring the hidden gem of Drummond Street. Green infrastructure designed by Cityscapes will bring a touch of nature to the route, particularly Drummond Street. A green walkway and a living wall with LED lighting will go some way to reinstating some of the green lost so far. The redesign of Westminster Kingsway College garden will invite the whole community to enjoy seating amongst a carefully planned planting scheme and some respite from the hubbub.
At the very centre of these initiatives sits the proposal for an innovative and unique sculpture from physicist and artist Jasmine Pradissitto.
In collaboration with Alsitek who have patented a sustainably sourced, environmentally friendly geopolymer, NOXtek which absorbs NOx from the air (up to 15% by weight), Jasmine is creating a public art sculpture reminiscent of the Greek and Roman sculptures in marble and stone, of empires now deceased; a person looking up, away from their phone to take in a breath of clean air in an environment they will once more notice. Inspired by the statues she once sketched during long lunch hours away from her PhD research.
Photography: Hussain Manji.