21st October 2020

New Public Art Unveiled at City North, Finsbury Park

  • Thought-provoking and strikingartwork created by talented London artists as part of Telford Homes and the Business Design Centre Group ‘Art for City North’ initiative
  • The artists were selected from a group of 50 to create the bespoke piece, which tells the story of Finsbury Park’s people and history
  • “The Elm Tree of Life” sits at the new Wells Street, Finsbury Park Station entrance

21st October 2020: Telford Homes, in partnership with the Business Design Centre and London artists, has unveiled a stunning new piece of public art at its City North development in Finsbury Park, as part of the developer’s “Art for City North” initiative.

The design, by artists Carrie Reichardt, Karen Francesca and TM, saw off competition from 50 other entries to be selected to feature at the development. It was unveiled by Mayor of Islington, Cllr Janet Burgess, two years after the artists won the competition following a rigorous selection process.

The unique piece, entitled “The Elm Tree of Life”, features prominently on 10-metre high columns by the new Wells Street Terrace entrance to Finsbury Park Underground Station. It has been created using ceramic tiles, and is designed to depict the story of the people and history of the Finsbury Park area.

John Fitzgerald, Group Managing Director, Telford Homes said: “We’re delighted to be unveiling this stunning artwork. Carrie, Karen and TM have beautifully captured the unique and diverse character of the Finsbury Park area; something that we have tried to encapsulate throughout the design of our City North development. We’re pleased that locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the artwork for years to come, and celebrate the unique spirit of this vibrant area of North London.”

Artist, Carrie Reichardt, said: “We were really excited to win this commission and portray the local history and people of the Finsbury Park area. Every story depicted on the ceramics comes from within a five minute walk of City North, bringing together the development and the local community.”

City North offers 308 homes across four stylish buildings in City North – with two, three and four bedroom luxury apartments, Sky Villas and penthouses remaining. The development also includes 11,781 sq ft of commercial space, which will house a host of new retail and hospitality offerings, including a Marks and Spencer’s Food Hall, Gymbox and Picturehouse.


Telford Homes is one of London’s largest residential and mixed use property developers. As a Trammell Crow Company developer, we specialise in creating, designing and building landmark developments across the capital.

Telford Home’s focus is on delivering the homes and creating the places that London needs – and as such, our developments are bespoke designs consisting of various housing tenures, alongside commercial properties and community buildings. We act as a value partner to landowners, housing associations, local authorities and build to rent investors across our supply chain, contributing to our strong reputation across the industry.

Most recently, the business has made a strategic move into the build to rent sector – believing its ability to offer both acquisition and project delivery services provide a unique position in the market from which to capitalise on the growing appetite for build to rent within the capital and beyond.