On Saturday 4th May, Paddington’s creator Michael Bond took part in the unveiling ceremony for an art installation alongside a new cycle path not far from Paddington Station
Local residents were asked to vote for prominent characters, both historical and living, who are associated with the area. The three most popular people, Alan Turing, Mary Seacole and Michael Bond, were then portrayed in life-sized steel silhouettes which have been placed around a bench alongside the cycle path. As the only one of the three characters still living, Michael Bond had the honour of unveiling his own likeness which depicts him holding a Paddington Bear.
Both the cycle path and art installation are part of the Connect 2 scheme by the charity Sustrans, which is enabling millions of people around the UK to make every day local journeys by foot or bike. The steel silhouettes can be seen alongside the path at the far end of St. Mary’s Terrace, London W2.