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Icons: Preston Bus Station by Jonathan Kenyon

gritty, but engaging - a document of Preston's concrete icon...

Icons: Preston Bus Station by Jonathan Kenyon
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Considered by many narrow-minded popularists as ugly, yet heralded by others for it’s utilitarian elegance, Preston’s iconic station is unifying in the memories and significance it offers to locals...

Threatened with closure since a failed application for listed building status by English Heritage, Preston’s famous bus station – considered one of the largest in Europe – is one of those pieces of architecture that will forever polarise opinion. Considered by many narrow-minded popularists as “ugly”, yet heralded by others for it’s utilitarian elegance, Preston’s iconic station is unifying in the memories and significance it offers to locals, and – as one time residents ourselves – we can vouch for its cultural importance.

Capturing its current state – darkly depressing with a melancholic beauty, much like the setting of a Shane Meadows film – our friend, Jonathan Kenyon, has delicately captured the bleak rawness of the concrete behemoth. With buildings that offer so much character and identity already in place, our nation’s obsession with eradicating the old in place of the mundane and identikit new is, and always will be, a disconcerting practice.

Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon
Preston Bus Station, Jonathan Kenyon

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