Bridging the gap between innovation and success - new artwork celebrating Maidstone’s commercial history is unveiled at The Business Terrace
25 Mar 2019
A new 100ft ‘commercial and innovation’ timeline has been unveiled at The Business Terrace.
The new artwork depicts the commercial and industrial history of the town. The timeline pays tribute to key points from the town’s bygone era; Maidstone’s paper-making heritage, its breweries, sweet factories and thriving automobile manufacturing history are all highlighted in the timeline. A key piece of the timeline recognises the role the River Medway once played as an essential trading route to industry in the town.
The focal point of the artwork is dedicated to a map of the town, pinpointed with the slogan ‘Welcome to Maidstone – the Business Capital of Kent’. A testament to how far the town has come
Unveiled at a popular networking event held at the Terrace, Sean Henry, who manages The Business Terrace, explains how the new artwork was the perfect way to commemorate the recent third expansion: “The Link Bridge is an integral part of the Terrace for many of our tenants. It provides an informal meeting space and its openness encourages collaboration and facilitates contact between fellow businesses. While we are so focused now on supporting Maidstone’s growing base of innovative businesses, it’s great to showcase that Maidstone was already a centre of innovation for centuries. There is so much hidden history, and this is a great way to celebrate it!”
The ethos of The Business Terrace is collaboration, and this was apparent in the Link Bridge artwork project.
The new artwork was designed by Maidstone-based creative agency, Geo Media. Andrew Dicker, Geo Media’s Director explains: “We have worked with The Business Terrace since it’s inception, and it has been fantastic to see it grow throughout the years and become such a core part of Maidstone’s business community.”
Tenant of The Business Terrace Scott Walker, Director of Adplan Creative, was responsible for installing the artwork. He said: “The Business Terrace is such an energising and collaborative workspace; I moved my business to The Terrace in 2018 and was involved in installing ‘The Innovator’ artwork as part of the extension last year, and it has been great to be part of this new initiative. The artwork looks really good and is a great talking point for The Terrace.”
Heart of Kent Hospice was also at the event to launch its new public art exhibition - Elmer's Big Heart of Kent Parade which is coming to the town in summer 2020. For more information please click here.