Nihill Place is situated on the location of the old Addiscombe Station. The existing yellow brick wall, along the north-western boundary, is a remnant of the station building.
The street name derives from the successful race-walker (and the borough’s first Olympic medallist!), Paul Nihill, who lived locally in Grant Road.
Public Artist Tom Pearman, has taken the concept of the rail and tram networks and the idea of ‘moving along a line’, to create a series of way-finding signs, together with a wall art plaque which references the rail network colours and symbols. This artwork and signage creates a unique and inspiring identity for the development.
The large plaque is located on a prominent wall space within the development. Tom has used particular colours and font with an Art-Deco style, to reflect the important period when there was significant infrastructure growth in Croydon.
Why not take a walk around and look at the wall art plaque from different ends of the street? – You will see that the lines appear to shift and give it a 3-dimensional quality when viewed from different perspectives…..
The way-finding signage uses a block-style layout and the postal addresses of the develop- ment to locate each separate building of apartments and houses, for ease of navigation. The series of lines within this signage help relate it to the main artwork located on the wall.
These signs and artworks are created using vitreous enamel on steel – this is the same material and technique that is still used today for signage utilised by the rail transport network in London, both overground and underground.
For additional information, there is a website which showcases in further detail, these unique artworks: www.tompearman.co.uk/nihill-place
This artwork has been sponsored by Bellway Homes