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Art on the Bridge

Southend-on-Sea has an unassuming landmark railway bridge crossing the middle of it's High Street, millions walk under it each year without a second glimpse, it's just some thing that has and for as much as they care will always be there, yes it has been changed in an epic feet of engineering, when the old bridge was taken down in one piece and rolled out of the high street, the story of this change can be read here: High Street Bridge

However every now and again few just a few weeks each year this railway bridge becomes a unique art installation...

The installations

Each of the artworks are printed on to a two 15m-long banners, with one attached either side of the railway bridge.

John Russell:  'Angel of History: I Can See for Miles'

The first art installation was by John Russell titled Angel of History, I can see for miles" the piece was displayed from 12th September to 22 October 2011.

The artwork was a reworking of a Norman Parkinson photograph from 1981.

South Facing

Mark Titchner:  ‘ENDS THOU’

The second installation was by Mark Titchner, titled "Ends Thou" (an anagram of Southend) it featured two different elements (one either side of the bridge) the installation ran from 5th May - 8th July 2012.  The Mark Titchner piece was the last to exhibited on the old railway bridge.

North Facing


South Facing 


Scott King: Excerpts from A Better Britain’

The third installation was by Scott King with different pieces either side of the bridge, the work features two fictional dictionary definitions.  It ran throughout October 2013, it was the first to be exhibited on the new railway bridge.


"Gorm-less / Ka-poor: New terms used to describe the few unfortunate towns and cities in Great Britain that have not been culturally and financially regenerated by the construction of a gigantic public sculpture designed by Antony Gormley or Sir Anish Kapoor. Towns such as Gateshead and Middlesbrough, which can boast a Gormley and Kapoor sculpture respectively, have benefitted enormously in recent years, both reporting record-breaking drops in crime rates as well as ‘all time low’ unemployment figures. Not surprisingly, this has created a culture of envy amongst their neighbours. Public demonstrations and even rioting in the Gorm-less/Ka-poor towns of Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Stockton eventually led to these areas securing the promise of a forthcoming Kapoor public sculpture of their own."





"Mumfordised / (see also Mumfordisation): Describing the successful transformation of a once rundown urban area into an inner-city rural idyll. Mumfordisation most commonly begins with a single (non-chain) coffee shop acting as a nucleus, around which other businesses spring up— vintage and cycling shops, real ale pubs, rustic cafes —until the whole area is transformed. A fully successful transformation then becomes known as a Mumford Quarter. The ultimate goal of Mumfordisation is to reconstruct whole cites as a series of interlocking hamlets; and though there are not yet any completely Mumfordised cities as such, there are adjoining areas of London that, as acknowledgement of their commitment to Mumfordisation, are now demanding to be officially rebranded as Stoke Mumford Newington and Hackney Mumford Village."

Simon Martin: "Hammer House"

The forth artwork shows a picture of a small hammer designed in 1985, by Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, The hammer is shaped as a domestic house, "hammer House" it was on show between Saturday 12th April to Saturday 12th July 2014.


South Facing

To be continued...

As and when new artworks are put up on the bridge they will be included here.

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