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23/06/2006 - Children’s anagrams inspire car park artwork

On Tuesday 20 June Mrs Payton’s class at St. Patrick’s Primary School in Workington visited the workshop at Alan Dawson Associates to see the new car park grilles they helped to design.
Twelve of the children’s anagrams of the word ‘Workington’ have been used in the panels. Their suggestions, which included ‘know to grin’, have been incorporated into the designs by artist Tom Lomax. When they are in place the grilles will be illuminated by coloured lights.
As part of the regeneration of Workington town centre, Tom Lomax was commissioned by Allerdale Borough Council and Workington Regeneration to add special feature ventilation grilles to animate the façade of the new multi-storey car park.
Tom Lomax is a well known public artist who has created works for the city centres of Birmingham and Leeds. He also teaches at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.
The artist has worked closely with local company Alan Dawson Associates who specialise in architectural metalwork and used a laser cutting technique to create the twelve grilles to Tom’s designs.
Alan Dawson Associates designer, Tris Kaye, said ‘It was nice to see the children excited at seeing their work turned into structures which play a key role in the regeneration of their local area.’
Each grille, measuring five metres high by two metres across, has now been sent off to be galvanised. The grilles are due to be installed at the end of July.

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