Artwork in the residential area takes the form of original street names accompanied by short verses placed on each street sign. There are six main areas of housing across the whole site, each with a theme relating to the industrial, agricultural, cultural, archaeological, or ecological history of Darlington and the surrounding area.
The latest phase has three themes: Mines and Dams of Teesdale and Weardale; Charles Dickens and the Arts; Archaeology and the Teesdale Assemblage.
The text is designed to be read many times, whether glanced at in passing or reflected upon at leisure. Each street sign can be read by itself, or as part of a connecting narrative. This reflects how we gradually absorb information from all signage – deepening our involvement when we feel receptive, passing by when we do not.
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