Sarah Gaventa, the curator, led a tour of Never Mind the Bollards that discussed: why do bollards look like cannons? What do all those manholes actually cover? How do London’s Plane trees help improve our streets? And how do we make better streets for all?
Store Street South Crescent, like most old public spaces, contains a range of jetsam and flotsam of street furniture and other elements - bollards that are now superfluous but remain like grave markers, a patchwork of surfaces, manhole covers and blister paving, historic cobbles, telephone boxes, signs and magnificent Plane trees.
Those who joined Sarah Gaventa learnt more about the social design history and meaning of elements in our public spaces we walk by and over everyday - what do they do? Who designed them and when/why?
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