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Camille Walala creates multicoloured pedestrian crossing for London street

London Design Festival 2016: artist Camille Walala has applied her signature graphic style to a pedestrian crossing in south London (+ slideshow).

Walala was commissioned by Better Bankside and Transport for London to create the Colourful Crossing for Southwark Street. They tasked her with reimagining the everyday experience of crossing the road.

LDF: Camille Walala crossing

Working with a specialist road markings company, Walala applied her trademark bold colours and shapes to the area between the traffic lights.

LDF: Camille Walala crossing

"The aim of the Colourful Crossings commission is to explore how everyday infrastructures in the city, such as pedestrian crossings, are perceived and can be transformed," said Better Bankside.

"It will also measure the impact of a high-quality, engaging and artistic intervention on how Southwark Street is used by pedestrians and motorists".

LDF: Camille Walala crossing

The Colourful Crossing is the first project to be commissioned as part Better Bankside's Avenue of Art – a long-term initiative that sees artists transforming public spaces along Southwark Street. It will stay in place until the end of October.

Walala graduated with a degree in Textile Design from the University of Brighton in 2009 before setting up her eponymous studio in east London.

LDF: Camille Walala crossing

She has previously covered a building in Shoreditch with her signature prints and designed a collection of Memphis-inspired homeware.

LDF: Camille Walala crossing

Her installation coincides with the London Design Festival, which is on until 25 September 2016.

Other events taking place across the capital include an exhibition of various dung-related designs and a kinetic installation that extends across six floors at the V&A museum.