CQart granite floorscapes | bhajan hunjan & lpw
How it Works
The locations of the roundels and the thread can be found using the map. Please print off the map and the visit the marked locations to view the work.
Breakdown of the Granite Floorscapes
1. Humberstone Gate / Yeoman Street
The Secular Hall on Humberstone Gate (1881) is the oldest society in the world and the only hall still to be used for its original purpose. Founded by Josiah Gimson (presidency 1888 - 1939) whose son Ernest Gimson was a notable furniture maker of the arts and crafts movement.
It is the first place William Morris delivered his lecture on 'Art and Socialism' and offered its platform to the Fabians, notably a visit by George Bernard Shaw.
The five busts (sculptor Ambroise Vago) Socrates, Jesus, Thomas Paine, Voltaire and Robert Owen on the front of the building caused a scandal to the Christian community of Leicester at the time, a 'cathedral of unbelief'.
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2. Humberstone Gate / Vestry Street
This spot marks the entry to Vestry Street, the site of Vestry Street Baths. Public baths began to emerge in the early 19th century. In 1840 surplus hot water from the J.P Clarke factory works fed a private swimming bath in New Walk. By 1869 the local authority took responsibility for swimming provision and in 1897 the Cossington Street baths were the largest covered baths in the land.
Spa Place, at the end of Humberstone Gate, was named after an abortive attempt to create a health resort from the Chalybeate Springs on the site.
Today Leicester still has a strong sporting identity; its Rugby team, the Leicester Tigers, secured the Guiness Premiership and EDF Energy Cup in the 2006/7, having made history by winning the treble in 2000/01. Leicester was awarded the European City of Sport in 2008 and the city will host the Special Olympics in 2009.
3. Humberstone Gate / Rutland Street
Alexandra House in Rutland Street built in 1833 as the Faire Brothers factory 'a Renaissance palace'.
The words around the design are from a poem by Dave Stickman Higgins who ran workshops with Asylum Seekers and Refugees near the site, in an old hotel at the corner of Rutland Street and Humberstone Gate. The result was a booklet, a collection of all the poems by the participant, produced by Public Art Leicester.
4. Humberstone Gate / Morledge Street
In 1845 Leicester had the largest number of stocking frames of any town in the western world. A decade later other businesses had developed as a result.
A major glove factory established by the adaptation of the stocking frame was F&J Ellis (glove manufacturers) Factory in Rutland Street (demolished 1929).
5. St George Street / Queen Street
The 12x8 symbol marks John Mason’s Twelve by Eight Press. Leicester was a centre for many private presses from the 1950s, many originating from Leicester College of Art. Notable names included Douglas Martin, Rigby Graham and Toni Savage.
The Regional Centre for Fine Art Printmaking, Leicester Print workshop is situated just south of here in Highfields.
The offices of the Leicester Mercury newspaper are on the corner of St George's Way and Queen Street. Its large printing department prints copies of The Sun, News of the World and other papers such as the Metro for circulation in the Midlands and the North. The newspaper's headquarters have undergone a complete external transformation and has reopened to the general public.
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6. St Georges Way / St George Street
The Police Station in Charles Street was built in 1933 and closed in 2004. It has been converted into offices within Leicester's new business quarter.
St George's Church was the first Anglican Church to be built in the city after the medieval period, this is now used as an Orthodox church and its churchyard provides valuable green space in the city centre.
7. Rutland Street/ Charles Street
The history of the St. Georges area of Leicester is told in many of the buildings that remain. Leicester changed from market town to industrial city during the early to mid 19th century, the major industry became Boots and Shoes with associated innovations in production techniques e.g. the elastic web which was crucially important in the production of boots but also in ladies' underwear.
8. Church Street / Charles Street
The Guild of the Disabled building on Coltan Street examples the public and social architecture built alongside industry and entrepreneurship making the dominant impression of Victorian Leicester being one of advance and change.
For city music lovers the Spread Eagle pub on the corner of Church Street was a notable live venue during the 1970s until its recent demolition.
The thread is situated in the heart of the Cultural Quarter weaving in and out of the square in front of the new performing arts centre, Curve. The theme of the thread is Creative Culture; it has been designed entirely by the people of Leicester, through community and school based workshops and the input of local and regional artists. This has been done under the guidance of Leicester Print Workshop and Bhajan Hunjan. The thread is split into sections, grouping the designs into themes such as Art, Music, Dance and Emotions to name a few.