Big type in a little village

Ditchling is a beautiful little village in the heart of the Sussex countryside. From Tudor buildings, to cute cafés and boutique shops, it’s easy to see why this is such a sought after place to live and visit. But beneath the surface of this seemingly quintessentially English community, is an exciting history of wild creativity.

This week we took a quick team trip to Ditchling to see the extraordinary public art installation of giant typographical paintings by Gary Stranger.

The work was commissioned by the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft as part of the Village of Type programme. It also helps to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ditchling resident Edward Johnston’s font created for the London Underground, the same font which Gary used for his massive paintings.

These works are more than just graffiti or even street art; they are an impressive and bold visual interruption to the quiet and picturesque village of Ditchling. The letters, painted freehand with just a spray paint can, have a statuesque feel, turning the heads of everyone passing by.

We snapped a few pictures, had coffee and cakes at a local café and left feeling incredibly inspired.

Gary Stranger: A New Commission for Ditchling is on from 30 April – 30 May.