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London-based designer Yinka Ilori changed 18 pedestrian locations for this year’s London Design Festival using vibrant colored ribbons. This must be very effective in changing the mood of people in the city.
Ilori replaces the usual black and white stripes at 11 intersections on Tottenham Court Street in central London with beautiful shades of blue, orange, pink, purple and green. He is also working with students at the University of the Arts London to design seven more passages, one of which will be painted by volunteers during the festival.
The project, called the Bring London Together, aims to make thousands of people who cross the streets of London every day happy. Happiness is the need of society these days. “For me, color and pattern have always been a way to celebrate places, communities, and experiences,” the designer told Dezeen. These passages can become a focal point for people to experience art. Bring London Together is one of the highlights of the 2021 London Design Festival.
As the city struggles to move beyond the Covid-19 challenges, Ilori hopes the plan will help Londoners feel happy to be back and out.
“We are still in a pandemic, but we are trying to get out of it slowly. I am trying to give Londoners the feeling that they can really get back to life,” Ilori said. This raises hope in people and hope keeps people alive.
The streets will be painted by volunteers over two days at the London Design Festival on September 20 and 21. The London Design Festival 2021 will be held from 18 to 26 September.