Spatial designers dolman-bowles and designers Eley Kishimoto first collaborated in 2014 spraying a temporary “Flash Pavement Rug” outside Brixton Tube Station for TfL to announce the first Brixton Design Trail as part of London Design Festival. Further installation for BDT followed in 2015 and also proposals for Better Bankside and Clerkenwell Design Week. In 2016 their collaboration “Flash Crossings” focused on the prominent junction at the heart of the Brixton community, the intersection of Coldharbour Lane and Atlantic Road, overlooked by landmark pub, The Dog Star.
The junction has local significance, with a history of trade, transport, riot and is at the centre of Brixton’s resurgence as a cultural hotspot. With high volumes of cars, buses, trucks, cyclists and pedestrians it is a precarious spot to navigate. Recognising the risks and the cultural significance of the site informed the proposal to integrate Eley Kishimoto’s iconic Flash pattern with in the psyche of passing traffic – whether on foot or wheels.
The street markings are permanently bonded to the tarmac to replace pedestrian crossings. The installation utilises a thermoplastic material produced by a specialists road markings company. The design is CNC cut from the non-slip material and heat bonded to the highway in place of the usually blank road surface. The material is highly durable with a life span of at least 5 years so providing a sustainable legacy of the BDT.
This year the intention is that the crossings will bring some dynamism on to Lambeth streets away from the buzz of central Brixton, to help visually enrich the area and high light the work of The BID. They will also hopefully help make drivers and pedestrians more aware of each other, alert them to potential danger and help slow the traffic as the Flash Crossings have done.
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About dolman-bowles & Eley Kishimoto
Designers dolman-bowles & Eley Kishimoto collaborated in 2014 spraying “Flash Rug” outside Brixton Tube announcing Brixton Design Trail. In 2016 their “Flash Crossings” focused on the junction at the heart of Brixton, Coldharbour Lane & Atlantic Road, with a history of trade, transport, riot and at the centre of Brixton’s resurgence as a cultural hotspot. With high volumes of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians it is a precarious spot. Recognising the risks and the cultural significance informed the proposal to integrate EK’s iconic Flash in to the psyche of passing foot or wheeled traffic.