Archway artist Rowan Durrant gets in his last superfix

Superfixed fleur-de-lis railing detail.

Public artist Rowan Durrant installed the final piece in his latest art series ‘Superfix Archway’ last Friday.

A ‘superfix’ is an object in the neighbourhood that was initially damaged and subsequently fixed and painted a bright glossy orange by Durrant.

The inaugural superfix. Bench outside Archway Library.
The inaugural “superfix”, a bench outside Archway Library.

 It all started seven years ago when Durrant, who was studying at Central Saint Martins nearby, came across a broken bench outside Archway Library and decided to fix it himself.

 In 2013 he was commissioned by local independent group the Archway Town Centre Group (ATCG) to do a full series, as part of an Islington Council-funded series of projects.

 Fast forward one year, and Durrant has superfixed things under both public and private ownership, everything from bench planks to house numbers, all painted in a distinctive bright orange – “the most un-council-like colour,” he says. It’s not meant to be a criticism of the council at all. Durrant sees it as channelling the idea of optimism.

 “We can all change things.”

Wall tile.  “It’s quite difficult to cast a flat tile, much more so than you’d think”
Wall tile. “It’s quite difficult to cast a flat tile, much more so than you’d think”

 The project is rooted in the local community in more than just location. Durrant set up a dedicated website and twitter account to crowd-source objects to fix. Anyone could tweet or e-mail in with a suggestion for the next ‘superfix’. Fans could also follow his progress, with photos and tweets detailing the progress and process of each new fix.

 Durrant has no concrete plans post-Superfix, though he did hint at experimenting with large-scale sculpture. He says he’ll still continue to look for different things to fix around London.