Typographic art at the Lido

Peterborough’s beloved Lido has a very fond place in our hearts. All of us rhinos have enjoyed whiling away long hot days in the cool sparkling water. We were over the moon to be asked to create some new typography to adorn the walls. Local Poet Keely Mills and Peterborough Presents brought together a group of amazing local poets and invited them to spend time at the Lido, writing about their experiences in residency. The resulting poems are spectacular and it has been an honour and a pleasure to immortalise them on the walls to celebrate the Lido’s 80th anniversary.

The Lido is a striking Art Deco outdoor swimming pool with sunbathing terraces. We chose a combination of three different styles of type appropriate to the architecture of the building. The artwork is decorative so that it can be enjoyed by all visitors to the Lido, whatever their age, nationality or level of literacy. We selected colours that would harmonise with the existing decor and the wonderful iridescent cyan of the water.

Photos Ryan Guinn / Peterborough Presents

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