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New art installation unveiled in Tottenham Hale

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Artist Yinka Ilori with the ‘Take It In and Take Time’ installation

New art installation unveiled in Tottenham Hale

A new installation of street furniture has been unveiled in Tottenham Hale.

The artwork, entitled Take It In and Take Time by multidisciplinary artist Yinka Ilori, features a series of seating and planting, as well as a bespoke clock designed to be a destination for people to meet, relax, and reflect.

Yinka is the artist in residence for the Heart of Hale, the regeneration housing scheme in Tottenham Hale by property developer Argent Related.

The latest art installation is Yinka’s second piece, as part of his two-year residency at the development, in which he will deliver several installations and community projects for the public realm.

For Take It In and Take Time Yinka has repurposed everyday objects, including second-hand manhole rings, and items typically used in water drainage systems, transforming them into street furniture that sits alongside the new pillar clock.

The modular street furniture has been designed to move around the area and can be resituated to brighten up public spaces as the Heart of Hale site moves towards completion.

The latest artwork, set to be in place until March 2022, continues on from Yinka’s first work on-site: As you pass me by, know it is nothing but love from me, which was unveiled in Heart of Hale earlier this year.

Both artworks take inspiration from the historical context of the site and Tottenham’s connection to the rest of London via the River Lea.

Yinka uses pattern to reference the river’s flow, which acts as a metaphor for the ever-changing urban landscape of London. He also fuses the old and the new through a bold colour palette inspired by the local area’s colours and the diverse range of wildlife found around the River Lea.

Yinka said: “Bringing people together is a powerful thing, and I hope this artwork serves as a reminder of this, and that it becomes a place of joy for the old and new community of Tottenham Hale.”

Construction on the Heart of Hale development started last year and is being brought forward by Argent Related. Once complete the housing development will feature more than 1,000 new homes, three public squares, 15 retail spaces, co-working and office space, and a new health centre serving 30,000 local people.

Tom Goodall, partner and head of residential for Argent Related said: “We are delighted and thankful to Yinka Ilori for once again designing an installation that brings colour and joy to Tottenham Hale.

“Our partnership with Yinka Ilori symbolises our commitment to supporting the area, prioritising public spaces, and allowing them to become places for the local community to enjoy. Public art is a fundamental part of creating interesting and engaging places, enhancing the environment for the local communities and visitors alike.”