About this blog



The London Road Gateway Project Bath aims to improve the public realm of the stretch of London Road, between Cleveland Place junction, and Morrisons Supermarket.

Bath based artist Jane Veveris Callan has been commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council to create decorative designs to go onto the tree planters, and grilles that will form part of the improvements.

Jane collaborated with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of 'With Words', to work with the community, gathering local history and stories as words, with haiku and renga poems, which have informed her resulting designs.

This blog has been created to share some of the creative process.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CorTen steel planters

Some of the CorTen steel planters are already in place.




CorTen steel is a weather resistant  steel alloy with added chromium, copper and nickel, on which a dense, tight layer of rust appears. The air and water-tight patina is formed over a period of six months, which prevents the steel from rusting any further.






The patina has a warm, natural appearance which fades from orange to brown over time. Due to the recent rain, the rust has already started to form on the planters.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Arrival of the Planters

The tree planters arrived today!

The 10 planters which each have two different designs on opposing sides, were delivered to London Road this morning and installation has begun


There are 12 different designs across the decorated sides of the planters, which are laser cut into the steel. The planters are fabricated from CorTen steel which is specially designed for the top layer of metal to rust giving an attractive and warm coloured finish. Depending on the weather this will probably start to happen with 2 or 3 weeks and the cut out designs will become more noticeable as the colour deepens over time.



Very fittingly for Snow Hill, the trees going into the planters are 'Amelanchier' also known as the Snowy Mespil, due to their large white flowers which blossom in June. The Central island tree pits will be planted with 'Tilia Cordata' the small leafed Lime, which has a beautiful conical shape.