Sunday, 22 May 2011

The finished markers

Here is a photo of each marker and its location, there are eleven in total, 9 granite pillars and 2 rocks clad with mosaic tiles.

Saladin; by the motorway underpass

sunflower at Darnley Steps 

Partrait of Anne Pratt as a girl. (Victorian botanist born in Strood) Rede Common Hyacinth Ave

wild flowers at the entrance to Rede Common on Watling Street

Hertige and Heraldry in Watling Street opposite Elaine Ave

A map of Strood on Gravesend Road
A passer by in Broomfield Park said to me, 'I can see this one depicts wild flowers, but the one on Gravesend Road.....I can't make it out at you know what it is?'
I said, 'As it happens I do'.

It is a map of strood drawn by a young boy with learning difficulties. Starting at the bottom left is his house, on the right is his pet dog, above that is the pond he passes every day on the way to school and on the way home, above that is a door into the school and his friends waiting for him in the playground. I think this may also be his world map too, and the sun is out on the right hand side.

Wild Flowers at the top of Gorse Hill

Marsh Marigolds in Broomfield Park

Heritage and Heraldry on Church Green in Findsbury

A Knights Templar outside Temple Manor Knight Road

A look back in time to a busy River Medway by the railway bridge
 These were all designed with local schools and community groups who have been able to visualise their aspirations and feelings about Strood.................celebrateing where they live.


This went smoothly, thanks to Volker Highways who really did the grafting on this. A logistical exercise involving many sites, heavy granite pillars and many instructions. They did a grand job and I hope the good people of strood appriciate their work behind the scenes. It went so well.... even a friendly resident had the key to a removable bollard allowing me to drive up instead of pushing the entire contents of my car up a hill in a wheel barrow relay.
The granite pillars are kerb stones taken out of the town centre in the mid 80's. These have been laying in a council depot abandoned since then. So Medway Highway Dept have donated them to the project. They are perfect for the job.

Parking was a not an issue on this installation either. My car is a mobile tool box on these occasions and I need it as close to the site as possible. Sometimes it can be a nightmare, but not this time. I think 80% of the scratches, dents, and other minor damages to my car have been done on these types of installations!
Put a traffic cone out, and wear a hi viz vest and access was easy on nearly all the sites !
The mosaic is cemented in, then the paper is washed off revealing the mosaic below.

Map of Strood with the paper half off

The black on the top is grout, which has to be cleaned off before it goes hard.