Dan Maier’s vibrant design celebrates her love of colour and the therapeutic impact it can have.
"Southgate has a huge amount going for it but the high street needs help more than ever now. Designing the art crossing, I wanted to create something bright and cheery, introducing the essence of nature and its vibrant colours into our urban landscape. The colour scheme also references the rainbows that have been so prevalent during lockdown, symbolising peace and hope for the future. Celebrating our many parks and trees, my inspiration comes from wood grain and water ripples. I've abstracted these elements from the natural world to create a striking artwork which I hope will bring some joy, spark imagination and put Southgate on the map."
Dan Maier has been making since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors. Her extraordinary design work ranges from painstakingly made intricate artwork to atrium scale pieces, with prestigious commissions for interiors, window displays, theatre and advertising. She's worked with the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Academy, The Old Vic, Liberty, Harvey Nichols and the Royal Festival Hall to name just a few. One notable project was the 50’ fabric whale she created for Pinocchio at the National Theatre. Dan graduated from Central St Martins in Textiles but now works in a much broader range of materials and is currently sculpting in paper making wall reliefs.
Dan has lived and worked in Southgate and Palmers Green for more than 20 years, setting up and running the Art Trail which put N13 and N14 on the map as a creative destination. Having witnessed numerous small businesses open and close in quick succession on Southgate and Palmers Green high streets, Dan was keen to try and help regenerate the area. Recognising that local retailers don’t have the more generous window display budgets of West End retailers, Dan decided the next best thing would be to put art in the windows to make the high streets more attractive and highlight the local talent that was yet to be unearthed.
To see more of Dan’s work: www.extraordinarydesign.com