This represents the rebellious history of Bankside.
The type is jagged and assertive. The raised, clenched fist is a symbol of defiance.
It is depicted as a graphic flag - much like one flown at uprisings - and in a simple red, black and white colour scheme, the design is bold and eye-catching.
The arrows represent the magnetism Bankside has to the rest of London, luring punters to its bustling bars, restaurants and market, and higgledy piggledy cobbled streets brimming with culture and history. Banksiders aren’t shy of getting stuck into the mix with the punters. Long live the mayhem!
Taking the name 'Bank-Side', the areas enclosed in the letter 'B' and the letter 'S' (called 'counters') were isolated and combined to become an abstract graphic, that can also be read in two directions as this new Bankside flag flies proudly along the river. The result? A simple flag that can be used as a playful symbol and a powerful logo.
Celebrating 6000 years at the centre stage of rebellion, Bankside has always been the bohemian hub of London – radiating an infectious spirit that has inspired a city of creativity.
Rebellious by nature and adaptable in it’s form, our flag makes a bold statement to the world that despite Bankside’s rich past, it’s just getting started.
The design makes reference to some of the things that Bankside is known for - The Globe, The Tate, Millennium bridge, Borough market food, The Golden Hinde, The Clink etc - but abstracts them into strong graphic shapes to create a punchy design celebrating the eclectic spirit of Bankside. We have kept a colourful and bold colour palette incorporating the “Bankside” pink.
This abstract, graphic flag references both Bankside's history a few hundred years ago as a place for unsavoury and grizzly entertainment, in this case the white triangles represent the teeth of a bear (bear bating), while at the same time the energetic red zig zag running through the middle of the flag can be interpreted as a pulse or beating heart to symbolise this now regenerated, vibrant and cultural hub of London.
Blowing Against The Wind
Coming alive when hung from a flagpole, our flag features a series of arrows that always point in the same direction as the wind is blowing. That is except one arrow, which always points in the opposite direction to the wind. A fluttering salute to Bankside’s rebellious spirit.
Radical behaviour on the south bank / a rowdy pleasure quarter /
puce faces / grotesque forms / a swirl of activity / topsy turvy orientation.
A grotesque ‘puce’ wood letter character with attitude / bold / confident / idiosyncratic / historic / disfigured ‘revolting’ as in revolting or revolting (causing intense disgust or take violent action against).
The two strips converging (straight and wavy) represent the pathway along the Thames bank – the literal translation of Bankside – and drawn in the style of an old map. However, as with the area itself, when you look closer it is vibrant and full of incredible history.
As the literary distinct of Ye Olde London, it seemed only right… Playing with words, innuendo and double meanings, it brings to life Bankside’s colourful past, whilst mixing in references to the modern day; all set in Albertus (the City of London’s font) as a cheeky nod to the City’s distain of the area.
Hares have a long history of mythological meanings. In medieval days they were associated with lasciviousness and overt sexual interest. The hare was once regarded as an animal sacred to Aphrodite and Eros because of its high libido. Live hares were often presented as a gift of love. Since, in medieval days, Bankside was London’s district of fun, frolicking, drunkenness and general naughtiness, and since most of London’s brothels and places of entertainment were in Bankside, I thought this formerly notorious district should be celebrating the hare - a wonderfully mad animal that symbolised what Bankside was in its heyday, once again.
To reflect the 'Independent Spirit of Bankside' and with a nod to Borough Market, I've used the idea of a produce-related protest and chosen a thrown tomato as a symbol of rebelliousness.
The calyx of the tomato is a star, evocative of both revolutionary symbolism and flag graphics in general. Bankside pink is included on the left hand edge to imply the location of the miscreant.
From the Golden Hind's record voyage, the boundary bursting Globe Theatre, the historic ruins of Winchester Palace and to this day maintaining that revolutionary fervour by converting an unused power station into one of the worlds leading art galleries, Bankside has always managed to walk the tightrope between the avant-garde and establishment.
I wanted to celebrate this spirit with a ridged yet unbalanced and adaptable symbol, surmising that the hobbled relics and revolutions are greater than the sum of it’s parts.
I’ve walked past Crossbones graveyard many times on my way to the Lord Clyde pub. Over the years it has revealed itself more and more in a way that is so difficult today: Mysteriously. My flag is a celebration of people who died without recognition and are buried there: The Outkast Dead!
From Blackfriars to London Bridge, Bankside can be reached by six river crossings. This flag celebrates these bridges as the symbolic borders of a vibrant and independent district, brighter than the rest of the city, and identified by an iconic letter B with the Millennium Bridge at its heart.
Together, we raise our fists to ordinary.
We are not confined by the city’s walls. And we don’t conform to the rigid rules of society inside it. We stand proudly as the people of Bankside, fighting for the arts, fighting for individuality, fighting for freedom of expression. Just as we’ve always done.
This is the flag of rebellion. Long may it wave proudly across the river.
‘The sound of business’.