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At the start of 2021 during the second lockdown, we started looking into how we could make our own hand sanitiser pillars in the hopes of adding some colour to some businesses and places around Manchester and it ended up evolving into a community project that we are so proud of. There are now 6 pillars each with their own different style and personality, designed by 6 local artists from Manchester – Olli Ryder, Becki Miller, Luke Passey, Qubek, Salvatore Pagano & Philip Horrocks.

After the second lockdown I was aware of how plain and serious everything in the city had become. Bright engaging shop signage was instead, remnants of Christmas displays. The usual spring painted chalk boards were missing, and fun illustrative posters promoting festivals and UV club night posters were replaced with clinical looking signage about wearing masks and keeping our distance from each-other. We couldn’t visit art galleries or see set designs at the theatre. I missed engaging with all different types of art, and instead realised most my daily interaction was with hand sanitiser units as I pumped yet another dollop of alcohol gel onto my hands.

It occurred to me that if this was what everyone was interacting with each day, then this didn’t need to be a purely clinical engagement, but instead it could be a moment of colour, a creative boost, and a chance to brighten up an action we associate with darker days.

We are so delighted that we have been invited to display these for use at the Manchester Flower Show where they will have their hand sanitising debuts!” – DECORDIA Managing Director Cordelia Ashwell

We officially unveiled the first 6 pillars for use at the Manchester Flower Show in May 2021.

Businesses and venues can get in contact with DECORDIA to commission their own hand sanitiser pillars which in turn will be supporting local creatives in the Manchester community. A different local artist will design each one making them all completely unique to each other. Get in touch with DECORDIA if you would like to purchase one for your business.

Download the full press release here.