Typographic signage tells the story of Walsall in numbers

United Creatives has developed a public art and wayfinding installation for the West Midlands town of Walsall that tells the town’s story in numbers.

The mural
The mural

A typographic mural, which has been installed on a shopping centre in the town centre, reveals facts such as that Queen Elizabeth I spent a night in Caldmore, and that the current Queen’s handbags are made in Walsall.

Installing the mural
Installing the mural

It also contains wayfinding information, such as that the Arboretum is seven minutes walk from the mural.

Installing the mural
Installing the mural

The Manchester-based consultancy was appointed to work on the wayfinding scheme last year alongside fellow Manchester group Urbed.

Some royal facts

Walsall Metropolitan Borough tasked the groups with taking ‘an imaginative approach to wayfinding’, according to Urbed’s Jonathan Brown.

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The 22m-long typographic mural is the first wayfinding intervention to be installed, and United Creatives creative director Chris Edmunds says he hoped it will be followed by more permanent installation made from ceramics.

Some royal facts

The current installation has been hand-stencilled using micro-porous paint and is protected by a graffiti-proof sealant.

The mural
Stencils
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  • Pamela Coles November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    one of the most creative, interesting things Walsall have done for a long time!

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