Kings Hill Town
Kings Hill town public artwork by Richard Wolfstrome
Kings Hill, Kent
Heritage, community and art came together with the FutureCity development of Kings Hill, a new town built on the site of a decommissioned RAF base. Working alongside placemaker artist Richard Wolfstrome, millimetre developed, fabricated and installed public art, wayfinding and furniture pieces.
Two 7-metre diameter steel plate roundels, containing stencilled bronze narratives, required millimetre to develop a new stencilling method. The first roundel has a lit, coloured glass centrepiece, while the second roundel hosts a bespoke larch and stainless steel seating unit, designed by millimetre. The roundels were thermally sprayed with a non-slip aluminium coating, overlaid with a design in hot sprayed bronze. Coloured wax/oil sealed the coating and provided ground colour. Ribbons of text set into pavers around the roundels used the same stencilling technique. The pavers also contain 12 machine-etched naval brass rubbing plaques, depicting planes from the former airfield inlaid with children’s poetry. Bespoke galvanised steel and larch planters with integrated seating are also installed on-site.