Walking through the back streets of King's Cross, we've long been intrigued by a series of bollards placed in seemingly useless locations — in the middle of open grass, or right up against a tree. The oddball street furniture is typified by this little ragamuffin in Regent Square:
The bollards were an art work, installed... at the same time that the blocks of flats were painted the orangey colours that they have now. There are six onyx bollards, and they were meant to be a bit mysterious.
It's certainly had us scratching our heads for several years. Here's a map of the upstanding impediments, should you wish to inspect them yourself.
We've since learnt that the artist was Judith Dean, and that the bollards were installed in 1999.