Foot Steps in Wellingborough – have you seen them?

Foot Steps is the most adventurous outdoor art installation yet created by Stans Cafe as part of their Steps Series project.  A tour of the town and research into its history prompted a series of scenes mixed between legacies of the shoe industry and fables from the town’s past, including an April Fools Day prank in 1959 which involved someone painting white footsteps through the town centre.  Foot Steps is installed in seven locations around the town and attempts to render these moments of local historical significance in re-enactable form.

To create the artworks Stans Cafe used bespoke vinyl stencils to provide more detailed and ambitious graphics designs.  However the challenges of delivering the artworks remain significant as James Yarker explains:

‘Pavement surfaces a major variable and radically effect the quality of finish.  Working outdoors we are vulnerable to rain, failing daylight and locals either being very friendly – and therefore distracting – of quite unfriendly and therefore distracting.  The general verdict on the installation process of Foot Steps: “we got away with it”.  Encouragingly the feedback from passers by during installation – beyond the man who threatened us with the police – was that the piece was great and livened up their streets.’

More about the Step Series and Foot Steps commission including Google map detailing the location of each artwork can be found here.


Devised by James Yarker, Simon Ford and Denise Stanton with Craig Stephens

Design by Simon Ford

Installed by Denise Stanton, Simon Ford, Jake Oldershaw, Alice Greenham, Chris Dugrenier, James & Eve Yarker

Commissioned by the GLOBAL FOOTPRINT project, a celebration of Northamptonshire’s boot and shoe industry, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

With thanks to: Swansgate Centre, The Castle Theatre, Borough Council of Wellingborough and Northamptonshire County Council


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