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Brightening up boxes and opening up West Ealing

Brightening up boxes and opening up West Ealing

January 14, 2019

A local artist is brightening objects and utility boxes across West Ealing as part of a scheme that is set to make the area ‘more vibrant’.

It is part of a project called Live West Ealing, which has gained £8.6million in funding from Transport for London. The money will primarily be used for schemes to make it easier to get around the town and reduce car dependency. This, in turn, will help an improvement in air quality and public health. Residents and community groups are being consulted first on the best ways to achieve this and how to spend the funding – find out how to get involved, below.

As part of the project, street art had also already been commissioned. The Open Ealing arts group organised for local artist Nick Brown to paint utility boxes in the area.

He said: “For me, street art is important. I was surrounded by street art growing up and for me it just makes the area more vibrant and it gives people a chance to see art that you maybe wouldn’t see usually. For people who don’t necessarily go to galleries but do still have an interest in art and gives them a chance to see it and be inspired.

“The pattern was inspired by the graphics on the Live West Ealing website. The utility boxes are my interpretation.”

The original graphics were designed to reflect the diversity of West Ealing.

Colourful crossings

It is not just utility boxes that are being brightened up, colourful crossings are being installed across the borough to encourage residents to use passageways that connect to the Uxbridge Road. You can read more about these in our earlier story.

Get involved

Residents and community groups are being consulted on how to spend the £8.6million in funding. To find out how to get involved, sign up for updates from the Live West Ealing newsletter or find out more information on the website.