I found an interesting headline in my alerts from Coventry Live recently. The title read “Why Coventry city centre’s anti-terrorism barriers have been transformed”. I wanted to further investigate this transformation since I have yet to write about anti-terrorism efforts in this central England city.
It seems public street art has risen to a new level with colorful new counter-terrorism barriers sprinkled between conventional security bollards. (Note: Please link to the article above to see the pictures.)
Two young abstract artists were commissioned to add their rainbow and geometric designs to the security barriers outside of the leisure center and market. The goal was to showcase the talent of local artists in public places.
The aesthetics of security barriers have been a continuing theme through many of the articles I have written previously about. Quotes from the artists struck me in the article as a way to allay some of those concerns. They are –
- “…colours of the rainbow which has become a real symbol of hope during the pandemic.”
- “…my work is inspired by nature…It’s amazing really how through using colour and pattern you can turn the barriers into an artwork and give them a whole new lease of life…”
Coventry has been focusing on adding public art as of late. The city is the current UK City of Culture. In an interesting segue, according to Wikipedia “The UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city in the United Kingdom for a period of one year.” The award was first bestowed in 2013.
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