We are delighted to unveil our art crossing in association with Enfield Council, this public artwork seeks to celebrate the technological and manufacturing heritage of the Edmonton area. You can discover it along Fore Street in Edmonton from 23rd October.
We delve into the history of manufactoring company Thorn and Ferguson. In 1932, Thorn acquired the Atlas Lamp Works and began making light bulbs in Edmonton, North London. The company grew rapidly to become Thorn Lighting, one of the world's largest producers of lamps, luminaires and lighting components. The name changed to Thorn Electrical Industries in November 1936. The company later began to diversify by buying Ferguson Radio Corporation in the late 1950s and Ultra Radio & Television in 1961.
Paying homage to the first solid-state colour televisions that were manufactured by Ferguson Plant (Thorn industries) and supplied to British households. The vibrant colours of the crossing refer to the iconic BBC test cards, and the structural grid also references the architecture of the Regal Cinema built in 1934. Uniting these two iconic moments in the local cultural history, this work seeks to celebrate motion pictures, time based media and the birth of visual communications in the area.
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