As part of the 2017 Brixton Design Trail, Lambeth Council and the Brixton Improvement District organised a competition, calling for a redesign of the existing mural/sign/artwork on the railway bridge next to Brixton station.
One of the most diverse neighbourhoods in London, Brixton is a bold, colourful and expressive community. As such, ideas for the new face of the Brixton Bridge were centered around place, belonging and identity.
The new design also took cues from the colourful string vests that are sold throughout Brixton market and made popular by Brixton’s Caribbean and Rastafarian community.
Reappropriating this cross-hatched pattern back onto the bridge became a way to capture and archive Brixton’s rich culture.
The title ‘Style and Patan’, is a Jamaican patois term for having a distinctive flow or character. It is visible and expressed through language, fashion, art, activism, food, music – all key components at the core of the community, all moving to the same rhythm.
Undertones of love, neighbourliness, homecoming and peace act as a potent reminder that Brixton is more than an area, it is a community.
Georgina Capdevila Cano