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    Illuminated River. Photo credit: Marshalls
    Illuminated River. Photo credit: Marshalls

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    Marshalls Landscape Protection, a division of the FTSE 250 company, offer an innovative range of protective and non-protective street furniture created to blend seamlessly into urban landscape design. With an extensive collection including bollards, planters, seating and more, Marshalls Landscape Protection help to transform towns and cities in to safe, relaxing environments for people to enjoy. 

    A recent project Marshalls Landscape Protection has been pleased to support is the Illuminated River commission where they donated a range of Made in Britain Citi Element benches, providing people with the opportunity to sit and view the Illuminated River artwork by the side of the Thames. Installed in accessible locations on the South Bank, the seating allows passers-by to take a moment to sit, reflect and experience the free public artwork. 

    The first phase of the art commission, delivered by the Illuminated River Foundation, was completed and launched in July 2019 and included lighting schemes on London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridge.  The next five bridges started on site exactly a year after, with the artworks for Blackfriars Road Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, the Golden Jubilee Footbridges, Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge due to be unveiled this Spring 2021. 

    The Illuminated River Initiative has transformed London at night providing a new experience for people travelling along the river. The seating provided has encouraged engagement with the Thames and supports a positive impact on peoples’ wellbeing, particularly beneficial during the Covid pandemic.

    Jaz Vilkhu, managing director at Marshalls Landscape Protection, said: “We’re excited to have been involved and our benches will provide thousands of people visiting the river with a place to sit and look at the installations over the next decade. They have a simple, versatile design and lightweight structure, meaning they’re easy to install and move if required.”

    Sarah Gaventa, Director at the Illuminated River Foundation, said: “Illuminated River represents an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy public art in central London, but we were conscious that, due to increasing commercialisation, there is less free seating available by the river. Thanks to this generous donation from Marshalls Landscape Protection, we can now offer the public some well-designed and high-quality benches to sit upon whilst they enjoy the view.” 

     

     

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