Speakers Corner Project Details
Project Name: Speakers Corner, Hyde Park
Client: BOWLES & WYER
Completion Date: August 2018
Products Used: Icaro Display Totems
Speakers' Corner is located on the north-east edge of London’s Hyde Park, close to the world famous Marble Arch and Oxford Street.
In 1872, an act of parliament set aside this section of Hyde Park for public speaking & historic figures such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell were known to use the area to demonstrate free speech.
Even today, on a Sunday morning, it's not unusual to find crowds gathering at Speakers' Corner to listen to enthusiasts expounding their views. Anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful.
Artform Urban were commissioned to supply a number of customised Icaro Notice Boards, as part of the refurbishment to the area, designed to provide visitors with information regarding the history of the location.
A high level of collaboration with the commissioned artist was required, to ensure that the artwork was accurately recreated and importantly designed around the board fixing points.
The outer frame and supports of the Icaro double sided notice board are manufactured from robust Corten steel sheets, which have naturally been weathered in our factory, to provide the unique colour and finish, associated with weathering steel. To eliminate the possibility of any leaching onto the surface finish below, an organic sealer was applied to the finished product, guaranteeing a lasting authentic rustic look. Combined with the precision stainless steel fixings, it was the perfect choice for framing these brightly coloured artworks and portraying the story.
New visitors can now learn of the past events that shaped this site while the speakers continue to make modern day history.