Nothwithstanding our criticism of the urban design of Barking Town Square, Muf deserve an award for an excellent piece of public art on the northeast side of the Square. Muf state that ‘The folly screens the flank wall of Iceland supermarket and makes the fourth elevation to the town square. The folly is comprised of architectural salvage and recovers the texture of lost historic fabric of the town centre; it stands as a mementomori to this current cycle of regeneration.’
Unlike the usual ‘Turd in the Plaza’ approach to public art, this wall:
(1) serves an urban design objective by enclosing the space
(2) picks up on the historic context of Barking
(3) pleases the eye without being attention-seeking
I wish we could have more context-sensitive public art.