Pedestrian Crossing Art Installation in Leeds

19 July 2018

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Recently a celebrated artist with a bold style created an art installation for a busy crossing on Crown Point Road, Leeds.

“It is like a child looking for the first time and seeing joy in everything.”

Morag Myerscough

The art installation is bringing colour and positive vibes to one of the key pedestrian routes. The installation is between the South Bank and Leeds city centre reflecting the creativity of the nearby Duke Studios and The Tetley. This is one of many things to shout about as part of the landmark regeneration project of Leeds, South Bank area.

Moran Myerscough - South Bank Leeds Art Installation - Pedestrian Crossing

Art Installation – Leeds

The eye-catching and colourful public art installation by Morag Myerscough was commissioned by Leeds City Council. Another welcomed boost for the regeneration. It is not only a first for Leeds but also a first for the North of England!

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said, “Leeds is a city brimming with creative talent, and installing pieces like this in and around new and current areas of the city further helps us to make the spaces we live, work and play in more attractive and fun places to spend time in.”

Morag explained, “I was delighted to be approached to be a part of this fantastic project. As soon as I visited the area and saw the development and surrounding buildings I knew I wanted to create something that would really make people stop and take a look around, but also make them smile.”

The crossing reads “SEE JOY”, encouraging people to look around at their surroundings and enjoy the beauty.

Moran Myerscough - South Bank Leeds Art Installation - Under Construction
Moran Myerscough - South Bank Leeds Art Installation

Colourful Crossings – London

This isn’t the first interesting art installation on a pedestrian crossing.

In 2016, Camille Walala changed the very normal, everyday experience of crossing the road with her bold shapes and colours.

The Colourful Crossing project was the first project to be commissioned as part of Better Bankside’s Avenue of Art. The project is all about artists transforming public spaces along Southwark Street.

Camille Walala - Colourful Crossings - Art Installation - Southwark Street - London - Close up Camille Walala - Colourful Crossings - Art Installation - Southwark Street - London - Close up
Camille Walala - Colourful Crossings - Art Installation - Southwark Street - London - Side View

Positive Impact

The creative art installation aims to transform everyday infrastructure. Pushing the boundaries to enhance road safety and visibility.

An evaluation found 70% of people felt happier because of a result of the Colourful Crossings project. The positive results also revealed 85% of people wanted to see more creative projects along Southwark street.

The project has now become an annual commission. Thierry Noir, a forerunner of the modern street art movement, has put his spin on Southward Street in 2017.

Thierry Noir - Colourful Crossings - Art Installation - Southwark Street - London
Thierry Noir - Colourful Crossings - Art Installation - Southwark Street - London - Side View Thierry Noir - Colourful Crossings - Art Installation - Southwark Street - London - Close Up

Unusual crossings have been created across the globe. 3D art installations have been positioned to slow traffic. Take a look at this ‘floating’ art installation in a small fishing village in Ísafjörður, Iceland…

3D Art Installation – Pedestrian Crossing – Ísafjörður, Iceland

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