Pix of the day. Thursday, July 27th

A bit of colourful rebranding has appeared above the heads of shoppers and tourists in the Milsom Street area.

Banners proudly announce you’re walking through the ‘Milsom Quarter’ – a phrase we’ve heard quite a bit about lately, and one that will – fingers crossed – have the new Fashion Museum as the cherry on the top of this particular ‘slice’ of the city ‘cake’.

Well, l was a couple of days ahead of the ‘official’ press release……. which goes as follows……

Two public spaces in Bath have been dressed with bespoke artwork to celebrate the city as part of a summer events programme.

The Art on the Street project has been installed at Milsom Quarter and Kingsmead Square and has been created by local artist Zoë Power.

It features overhead flags, decorated planters, contemporary bunting and window designs.

The project is funded by the West of England Combined Authority’s Love Our High Streets programme and is part of a wider High Streets Renewal project for Bath city centre, which in part aims to support the Milsom Quarter and Kingsmead Square with improvements to the high street and a programme of animation and events to increase footfall and support local businesses.

In addition to Art on the Street, other public realm improvements will be delivered this summer with pieces of new street furniture being upgraded at New Street and New Bond Street, alongside artwork along the corridor between Milsom Street and Broad Street by Tozer Signs.

The programme will also support the Great Bath Feast which runs from September 22 to 24 comprising a buzzing market across Milsom Street, Quiet Street, Green Street and New Bond Street. The event includes chef demos, street performances, an artisan village, book signings, talks and street food.

Councillor Paul Roper, cabinet member for Economic and Cultural Sustainable Development, said: “The Art on the Street installations will celebrate the city with a pop of colour and fun as part of the festival programme. After some challenging times for local traders, the street dressing will help attract more people to these areas and encourage future visits.”

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “I’m proud these artworks celebrating this amazing city, fully funded by my Mayoral Combined Authority, are up and I’d encourage Bathonians, and all West of England residents for that matter, to check them out while they can. I’m sure they will put a smile on many people’s faces.

As Mayor, I’m committed to working with local people on projects that bring pride to our area. A big thank you to Zoë for her work here.”

Find out more about high streets renewal projects across B&NES at: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/regeneration