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Neon artwork adds a flourish to Surrey Street

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An artist whose work has featured in the Saatchi gallery has added her signature neon flourish to Croydon’s Surrey Street.

Lauren Baker’s quotation design was installed on Surrey Street footbridge yesterday evening. The quote, which appears handwritten and reads ‘A simple hello could lead to a million things’, aims to bring a positive message to the area while providing a fun, alternative way to light under the pedestrian bridge.

The neon sign is the first of a series of public art pieces to be installed on Surrey Street and comes after the council, and the architects working on proposals for Surrey Street, Sam Jacob Studio, partnered with Rise Gallery on the project, who identified the artist and her proposed design.

The installation is part of the council’s £1.1m renovation of the 700-year-old Surrey Street market, which aims to enhance its environment through a number of improvements, including the installation of more public art and lighting, making the carriageway level and altering the market’s design to make it more pedestrian-friendly, creating a vibrant, flexible marketspace.