This autumn brought the unusual sight of a herd of giraffes to the streets of Croydon in a vibrant celebration of art, culture, and community spirit, all while raising funds to tackle homelessness.
Turning the town into a canvas of creativity, the event aptly named Croydon Stands Tall took the streets of Croydon by storm with a free open-air gallery featuring a trail of 30 giant giraffe sculptures showcasing the unique visions and talents of prolific local artists.
London Square, as a developer with a keen commitment to community engagement was among the key contributors to this public art extravaganza, sponsoring its own eight-foot-tall giraffe which was brilliantly brought to life – metaphorically, of course – by a local artist with a passion for reflecting the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Croydon.
The giraffe sculpture stood proudly as a symbol of progress at London Square Croydon, a transformative development near West Croydon station, promising stylish new homes and an inviting public square, bringing regeneration and a welcome boost to the area.
The 10-week initiative was not just about showcasing artistic expression but also aimed at contributing to the community. Funds raised during the event were dedicated to homelessness charity Crisis and the Croydon Skylight centre, underlining London Square's commitment to social causes and community welfare.
London Square Croydon, a £90 million project, plays a crucial role in Croydon's growth and regeneration, delivering 240 new homes comprising one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, starting at a competitive £399,950.
The development includes 947 m2 of commercial space, featuring street-level retail and offices, along with a piazza offering beautiful views of the St Michael and All Angels Church.
Pedestrian links to the station and new shopping centre enhance connectivity creating a gateway to the vibrant town centre.