Superfix Archway is artist Rowan Durrant’s project to transform anything that “requires attention”, from missing signs to drains and broken benches.
Commissioned by the Archway Town Centre Group (the folk behind last year’s Archway With Words litfest) it’s the perfect urban enterprise, both witty and pragmatic.
“Although it’s a new participatory art work, it’s actually the continuation of an on-going Superfix project,” says Durrant. “Within this project objects needing attention are fixed, repaired, or replaced and finished in a bright high gloss orange.”
It all started when his university lecture room door at Byam Shaw School of Art (Central Saint Martin) was installed, but no door handles had been specified. “For weeks the door had to be prized open with rulers,” he says. Thinking this was an easy thing to fix and to draw attention to the alteration, he installed no less than “six door handles”.
The site of the first public work, however, was an old bench in front of Archway Library (see main pic). “I transformed the existing concrete stumps into a usable seat,” he says.
For Superfix Archway, suggestions are sent in from the local community to address the objects that they want fixed. And, without further ado, here are Durrant’s top three favourite Superfixes to date:
For more info – and to suggest something, head here. Closing date for ideas is March 15th