By Sohanna Srinivasan and supported by Joyce and Joyce Joinery + Christian Spencer-Davies.
Monuments to Mingling are inspired by Aldgate’s rich architectural history and diverse contemporary identities. Each bench is a playful fusion of styles and motifs from a range of key community focal points, both past and present, including the East London Mosque, Aldgate pump and the historic Roman gate. The remixing of these elements along with the range of heights have been designed to encourage conversations across different communities and age groups. In addition, each bench celebrates a milestone in Boris’ roadmap out of lockdown, the dates of which are engraved in Latin in a nod to the area’s Roman past.
Monuments to Mingling are dedicated to Mary Vaughan Johnson, an inspiring friend and educator who is sadly not with us anymore, and supported by Olly Trepass-Joyce of Joyce and Joyce Joinery and Christian Spencer-Davies of A Small World.
To hear Sohanna sharing the story behind her bench, head head here.