New artwork to brighten Leicester city centre

Leicester city centre will become more colourful after new artwork is installed on two busy pedestrian crossings.

The designs will brighten up the crossings on Charles Street, near its junctions with Halford Street and Rutland Street. They have been designed by artist Phil Blake

The city council commissioned the artworks to create colourful pedestrian routes to venues in the cultural quarter, including the Curve and Phoenix cinema.

Made of preformed thermoplastic and costing £23,500, the designs will be applied to the road surface overnight and will all be in place by tomorrow morning (24 September).

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke said: “We asked the artist to create some unique pedestrian crossings in his trademark style that would connect the cultural quarter with the city centre.”

The designs will brighten up the two pedestrian crossings on Charles Street

“He’s come up with some really attractive designs which form the perfect link with the bars, venues and creative businesses in the cultural quarter.”

“If people like them, and think they help brighten up the street environment, we’ll look at installing more distinctive designs at other busy pedestrian crossings in the city centre.”