Local residents, members from St Luke’s art class and the Mayor of Islington, Councillor Una O'Halloran recently unveiled their art work on the hoarding of Phase two at King Square Estate in London Borough of Islington.
The art work was inspired from the bones unearthed on the King Square site whilst Higgins Construction was digging out the ground foundations for phase one in 2016. Archaeologists from the Museum of London attended site to investigate the area and it was estimated that many of the remains, including pottery could be dated back to the 16th Century (1500s).
The artists chose to base their project on the archaeological finds on site, how it connects with daily life today and generally the passing of time over the years.The artists who took part in the project attend the Friday Art Class held at St Luke’s Community Centre on Central Street. Many of the artists have lived and worked in the area all their lives.
The final art work created for the hoarding was a series of interconnected drawings that have connections with the history of Islington.
The Mayor of Islington was delighted to see how Higgins is actively involved with the community, particularly the over 55s residents who created the fantastic artwork.
Higgins Construction is currently working on phase two of King Square Estate which will consist of a total of 93 new homes in four new buildings, of which 47 units will be for social rent, four for shared ownership and the rest will be private sale, which will help fund the new homes for social rent and the estate improvements.
A new community building will also be delivered for King Square Tenant and Residents Association; a larger and upgraded community nursery at Rahere House; improvements to communal facilities such as bike and mobility scooter sheds and caretaker facilities in existing blocks and enhanced landscaping to the estate including a new central square area and tree lined boulevard through the estate.