"Victorian Seven Dials was known for shady
characters and wayward ladies" - Vic Lee

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Illustrator Vic Lee tells us how his banners depicting the former names of Covent Garden streets hark back to the area's sordid past in the next of our Seven Designers for Seven Dials movies about aerial installations curated by Dezeen.

Vic Lee at Seven Designers for Seven Dials

"I chose to illustrate the names of the streets as they used to be called," says Lee. "When they were built they were called something completely different."

Vic Lee at Seven Designers for Seven Dials

Vic Lee usually works quite small, so creating 3.6-metre-square banners for this project required a sizeable scale-up.

Vic Lee at Seven Designers for Seven Dials

Dezeen commissioned seven young designers to create seven installations to hang above the streets of Covent Garden during last year's London Design Festival, and Lee's banners installation was located on Shorts Gardens.

Vic Lee at Seven Designers for Seven Dials

Previous movies in this series include designers Faye Toogood, Dominic Wilcox, Gitta Gschwendtner and Philippe Malouin each speaking about their installations - see them all here. Photography is by Mark Cocksedge.

Vic Lee at Seven Designers for Seven Dials

The music featured in the movie is a song called Blue Sapphire by Remote Scenes. You can listen to the full track on Dezeen Music Project.

Vic Lee at Seven Designers for Seven Dials

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