Stik is a prominent Hackney artist with an international following. Stik creates monumental public artworks in locations worldwide from New York to Tokyo. The art created in his Hoxton studio has broad appeal and is collected by everyone from Elton John to the V&A Museum; his street works are featured in tourists guides in the UK, US and Japan.
Firstplan was approached to secure planning permission for the installation of a 4 metre high double sided public artwork to be located permanently within Hoxton Park. The statue, called ‘Holding Hands’ is based on an artwork ‘Hackney Pride’, which was created for the Pride in London Parade in 2016. The statue is set to become an internationally recognised landmark, tourist attraction, and meeting place for local people and visitors to Shoreditch.
This prominent artwork is situated within a Protected London Park, Hoxton Park Conservation Area and within the vicinity of several listed buildings, locally listed buildings and buildings of townscape merit fronting onto Hoxton Square. Firstplan’s role included submitting the application, preparing a Planning and Heritage Statement and advising on public consultation. Planning permission was granted and the ‘Holding Hands’ statue has now been installed.