Bournemouth Council

The St. Swithun’s underpass in Bournemouth is a very important connection between the main train station and town centre. This extremely busy network of passes (un-affectionately named the Bear Pit) had over the years become a neglected, and run-down space. An area people passed through as quickly as possible.

Bournemouth Council approached Paintshop with the hope of brightening up the space with artwork, in conjunction with a clean up of the area and a new cafe to be opened.

We pitched to create new typographic artworks that were in themselves strong, eye-catching pieces of art, but also helped guide people through the disorienting network. We built into the design a way-finding system with clear directional labelling for North, South, East and West, distinct colour themes and a strong graphic style.

The artworks have proven to be a huge success and instantly made the area feel brighter and safer. Along with the new cafe and the overall clean up the space has become a popular place to relax and meet.

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Typographic artwork to refresh a neglected underpass whilst also providing a way-finding system.

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st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk
st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk
st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk
st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk
st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk
st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk
st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk
st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk
st swithuns underpass bournemouth graffiti super graphics urban art street artists typograffiti mural art design paintshop studio ricky also 2016 uk