South London Ghost Signs Will Rise From The Dead

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South London Ghost Signs Will Rise From The Dead
A ghost sign in Astoria, Oregon, brought back to life by Craig Winslow.

Ghost signs in London's Bankside will return to life as part of London Design Festival.

Sam Roberts, a London ghost sign expert, has teamed up with American artist Craig Winslow to illuminate faded advertisements in the area, many of which feature on Sam’s Bankside ghost sign walks.

There will also be a light show, exploring the history of the area's ghost signs. This will be projected onto the wall opposite the Distillery, Hilton Bankside on the evening of 21 September.

As is the nature of ghosts, this visitation will only be fleeting: it's a one-off show from 8pm-10pm.

Ghost signs on Union Street, south London. Photo: {Laura McGregor}.

Craig Winslow has already put on a similar light show in Astoria, Oregon, which you can see in a video here.

Sam Roberts will also be launching a ghost signs app during London Design Festival.

A different illuminated ghost sign will appear around Bankside for the duration of London Design Festival (17-25 September), from 8pm-10pm nightly (apart from 21 September).

The one-off light show is best viewed over a drink at The Distillery Terrace (in Hilton Bankside), from 8pm-10pm on 21 September. Free, no booking required.

Last Updated 20 September 2016