The London Borough of Enfield published an open call to commission new public art at the first phase of Meridian Water in 2019. Several local artists living and working in Enfield responded and three were chosen from the shortlist to deliver their unique and bespoke ideas for new art for three different sections of hoarding around the development site of Meridian One in Upper Edmonton in 2020. Here are the locations of the Art Hoardings.
Adam David, Karen Rubins and Duncan James have varied practice and approaches and all worked with the local community to further develop their initial ideas and integrate local imagination, sketches and inspiration into their final design proposal representing the history, present and future of Upper Edmonton and Meridian Water. Final designs were created with input from the Meridian Angel primary school, West Lea school and community groups in Edmonton including Northside Youth, and Community Connexions Edmonton based community organisations serving local young people.
KAREN worked with year 6 Meridian Angel Primary school to devise new characters representing the past, present and future of both Meridian Water and Angel Edmonton. The piece will be located next to their school where they will see their characters tell a literal story of the development of the place they live and study
ADAM worked with two local youth groups who focussed in on positive messaging and positivity as there main. Hence the message “The Time Is Now” and the themes contained – the choice of paths to be followed, the future sustainability and diversity of place, the young people’s own positive message as contained within ‘IS’ and a mirrored panel for ‘NOW’, to enable reflection. This piece will work particularly well close up and further away i.e from the station, the platform and on a train as commuters pass.
DUNCAN’s style is less literal, using cartoon blocks to tell a story or theme. He worked with a number of pupils from the West Lea School (supporting those with Learning Disabilities. Again, his art can be interpreted up close, with new characters and scenes becoming apparent (playing sport, trains arriving at a station, a DJ playing music) or at a distance, also visible from the train or platform. He developed such a good relationship with the school, he is due to paint a mural in their assembly hall !
The three new public artworks will be unveiled and launched on site at Angel Edmonton Road at Meridian Water on August 26th 2020 at 12pm. Look out electronic brochure detailing the work, the artists and the scheme – using these phase one artworks as a springboard for culture at MW to come. There will also be an interpretation panel on site.