Skyjack is helping brighten up city streets in London with Wood Street Walls, a local arts nonprofit, during an upcoming festival as part of Skyjack’s 30th anniversary celebration.
Skyjack is joining Wood Street Walls for a 10-day event titled Paint Your London, an art exhibit that is part of the larger Find Your London Festival, which will take place from March 18 through 28 and encourages Lon-doners and tourists to embrace outdoor spaces throughout the city. Wood Street Walls is a London-based nonprofit whose mission is to bring public art to East London, provide free workshops to the public to grow new creative talent and establish a creative hub for local artists.
This is the first Find Your London festival, celebrating the more than $570 million (£400 million) in updates and additions to parks and green spaces throughout London since 2009. The investment and Find Your London festival is part of a plan to help establish London as the world’s most livable and greenest city. Wood Street Walls is planning to erect up to 12 murals across Waltham Forest to help the area come to life thorugh the installation of street art.
“The goal of this free art exhibition is to highlight green areas within the city and encourage visitors to ex-plore London’s outdoor areas,” said Milli Richards, marketing and communications manager at Wood Street Walls. “Painting 12 murals in this time frame is no easy feat; it will be an immense help to have a Skyjack lift for the event.”
Wood Street Walls previously used Skyjack lifts when working on murals with artists Irony & Boe and Mark McClure. McClure is a local artist who creates his art from recycled and upcycled wood. Unique to the ‘street art’ scene, McClure attaches his wood designs to building instead of painting the art. McClure’s work was featured at the London Olympics’ ‘Living Walls’ project that brought public art to the Olympic Park.
In partnership with Dunstable-based Star Platforms, Skyjack will be donating a SJ6832 RTE scissor lift for use at the Paint Your London event. The donation is part of Skyjack’s 30 FOR 30 PARTNERS campaign, which celebrates the company’s 30th anniversary by supporting 30 worthwhile projects around the world.
Local, national and international street artists will be helping create the 12 murals at the upcoming festival. The use of the Skyjack lift will be critical in helping complete all of the projects during the Paint Your London event. The scissor lift allows the artists save time on the upper portions of the murals, having the ability to continuously paint without constantly going up and down a ladder. Using a Skyjack lift is also a safer alter-native than ladders when painting at height, allowing the artists to focus solely on their work.
“It has been really useful having the Skyjack machines in the past. They save a lot of time on the murals, and all of the operators appreciate that the machines are so easy to use,” said Richards. “It will be wonderful to have a Skyjack again at the Paint Your London event.”
The Skyjack SJ6832 RTE is a rough terrain scissor lift, which will easily maneuver around the outdoor areas Wood Street Walls plans to paint at. The lift has a 38 ft (11.58 m) working height is drivable at full height, so the artists can continuously paint the highest areas of the mural. The lift has a 5 ft (1.52 m) extension deck, 1,000 lbs (454 kg) capacity and up to four people can be in the platform at the same time, allowing the artists to keep all of the paint and tools on the lift when needed. As with all Skyjack lifts, the SJ6832 RTE is operator-friendly, has SKYCODEDTM color-coded wiring and can also be outfitted with Skyjack’s ACCESSORYZERSTM to improve ROI.
“Wood Street Wells gives back to its community through art and Skyjack is honored to help them do so at the Paint Your London event,” said Malcolm Early, vice president of marketing at Skyjack. “I couldn’t think of a more colorful or exciting way to end our 30 FOR 30 PARTNERS campaign.”