Many of you may have noticed the new ‘Welcome To Forest Hill’ sign that has replaced the grubby old notice board on the station forecourt. The sign itself was designed by Cyrus from The Framing Salon and Stag & Bow with the support and backing of The Traders Association, SEE3 and Forest Hill Ward Assembly.
Cyrus explained “The illustrated map is a development of one I drew over two years ago, I used details extracted from the abundant and exquisitely detailed Victorian architecture that we are surrounded by. The details look thrown together in a haphazard way drawn in pencil using a light sketchy style but still with enough definition to enable one to discern from which glorious building the detail was taken. I am collaborating with local historian Mr S Grindlay to incorporate links within the map to information/history about specific buildings. This could be developed into defined ‘historical’ walks and projects with local schools.
“The Notice board is similarly based on the architectural details with the roof itself looking like a piece of architecture whilst incorporating a selection of miniature key buildings that form varied ‘skylines’ depending on the angle one looks from. It is made of fibre glass mixed with bronze filler powder so it will behave just like a bronze sculpture, a technique used to replicate well known works of art by such artists as Barbara Hepworth and Henry More, bronze has a high scrap value!
“The base is made of oak and it has a notice board on each side, one to house an A1 print of the map/shop directory and the other side is for public notices & community events and will be managed by the traders.”
The map itself has the title ‘Forest Hill Trade Routes’ with a nod to the Horniman’s Tea Trading Past and contains a directory of shops and Forest Hill features such as the museum, library and pool complex. The map will be changed accordingly when new shops replace old, and when new members of the FHTA join. A similar, interactive map will soon be available on this web site.
Our thanks go to the lovely Emily Joyce, local actor of stage and screen, for giving up her valuable time to come and unveil the sign.