StreetSurfaces : About

Road works in Stamford Street, London SE1. IMAX Cinema in the distance
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This website is part of the project space for contemporary creativity by the artist/milkman Paul Malone.

If you have enjoyed your visit to StreetSurfaces any donations will be gratefully received....

The StreetSurfaces project started in 2009 as my response to the 'Word on the Street' photographic competition run by the Royal College of Art.

I didn't get accepted on this occasion, however the concept behind my application became sufficiently intriguing for me to continue to research this aspect of the urban environment.

Many photographers have observed graffiti on walls and other vertical surfaces but the road and pavements have been sadly neglected. It was not just the observations that I thought contained possibilities but also the potential for narratives, indeed meta-narratives, that went with them.

This period, leading up to and beyond 2009, coincided with extensive road works throughout London. Firstly with the replacement of the Victorian water mains but also works associated with traffic restrictions and decorative extensions to the pavements.

As my day job has been as the milkman for London's South Bank and Bankside areas, I decided to channel the frustrations I experienced from these delays and work-arounds into this project.

Read about the history of the Paul as an artist / milkman. Here is the Copy that appeared in Bettery Magazine Jan 2014