Forgive the rather twee post, but I was walking home last night and not for the first time, I smiled inwardly when going underneath the arches at the top of Great Suffolk Street. I find the blue lights and the way TATE is spelt out so pretty. I also love the blue lighting under the arch on Webber Street, and I can't think where off the top of my head but I've definitely been through a pink arch in SE1 as well.
Getting to the point, eventually, does anyone know who's idea this was? And who funds it? Is it (gasp) a good use of our council tax payments on behalf of Southwark Council?
I think it adds such a lot to the urban feel and the arty atmosphere of the area. I love how the brickwork lights up - the perfect fusion of the post-modern and the industrial which is my favourite thing about living in SE1.
Anyone else like our not-just-functional lights in our railway arches?
Hahaha - Pixie - I love your reply! Each to our own, but I must say, I'll probably love the arches even more next time I wonder though them ;-) Got to say, I don't think they are in anyway tacky but I am smoothing down my mohair and admiring my acid washed jeans as I speak, so what do I know.
Thanks for the info James - I did think they were very un-southwark-council like.
The Elephant Links of blessed memory had a lighting project all around the E&C, which was also comprised of some rather lurid coloured lighting on all sorts of places in the E&C...but since now most of the bulbs have died and no one has maintained it, the point of such projects is questionable.
The schemes in both Southwark and Lambeth were proposed as part of a programme funded by the "Cross River Partnership" regeneration programme called "Light at the End of the Tunnel", although as James says, a lot of the more ambitious schemes were funded by section 106 "planning gain" money from developers of nearby sites.
I also like the coloured lighting in various arches in the area. It is a little disappointing this wasn't done during the recent refurbishment of Bermondsey Street tunnel, which ended up with a standard set of harsh, functional white lamps.