New art work breathes life into Hackney Central Bridge

Pic: Hackney Council

A new public art installation has given a revitalising boost to Hackney Central Bridge on Mare Street.

The council-commissioned artwork was created by Martin Richman, an internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor from Hackney.

The piece features orange and pink lines which run the width of the bridge, warping into a central point, along with pink and blue lighting which shines down from above after dark.

Richman said: “I am pleased to be helping create an installation which, I hope, will be enjoyed locally and become recognised as a local landmark.

“The improvements will help in linking the areas that the bridge seems to currently divide and encourage the sense of Hackney being a lively and vibrant community.”

The railway bridge in the heart of Hackney was the scene of clashes between police and rioters in summer 2011 and the installation is part of an ongoing project to revamp the town centre.

Councillor Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This project will really enhance the character of Hackney Central and improve the look and feel of the town centre area, while reflecting the creative vibrancy of the borough and helping the area to thrive in the years ahead.”

Rickman, who has a history of creating work for bridges and underpasses, graduated from Central St. Martins College of Art in 1991.

He has previously created installations for the Olympic Park, BBC Broadcasting House and Soho Hotel and has exhibited across Europe and North America.

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