A giant, 3D “EC1” inspired hundreds of residents to let their creative skills loose at this weekend’s Whitecross Street Party.
The larger-than-life lettering formed a canvas for attendees of all ages to leave their artistic mark as well as write messages about why EC1 is a special place to live.
Julie Lovell, aged 32, who lives on Old Street wrote:
“EC1 is special because I can find everything I need within 100metres of my flat. I love the history of the area and its vibrant, creative spirit.”
Eleven-year-old Ephraim Isloa who lives on Errol Street wrote: “EC1 is special because there is a variety of great opportunities and fantastic education for children like me. EC1 is unique, with many great fun things to do for all ages.”
The concept was created by EC1 New Deal for Communities, the ten-year £52 million regeneration programme which began in 2001 and is managed by Renaisi.
Chief Executive Kirby Swales said: “People had really positive things to say – there was a great feeling of pride for the area. Many commented on how safe and clean it is here and that the parks look good. We also had a lot of comments about the strong sense of community, which is vital for any neighbourhood to prosper.”
Over 120 individual messages describing why EC1 is a special place were pinned to the 3D model over the two-day event. It proved so popular, plans are in place to tour it to locations within the area over the coming months.