Collective adds stencil art to unsightly telecoms boxes in north London

The Turnpike Art Group (TAG) has decorated the green streetside boxes dotted around their neighbourhood in north London with a variety of outsized floral designs that make a welcome change from tagging and other non-artistic forms of graffiti.

After getting the go-ahead from Virgin Media and Haringey Council, they approached Barnsley-based Cutting Technologies to create laser-cut stencils for the artwork.

“When [Director and co-founder of TAG] James [Straffon] contacted us and explained the group wanted to brighten up people’s neighbourhoods, but had no budget to pay for the stencils, we were delighted to step in and help," says Jane Robinson, co-founder and director at Cutting Technologies.

Reaction to the project has been good, according to TAG, and has inspired others too.

“Our artwork was created by TAG members, and has had universally-positive praise," says James. "So much so, that a London youth group have asked TAG if they can be part of the scheme, and create more flower boxes across north London."

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