Charterbrook signs is based in Swansea enterprise park creating specialist signs and printing large high quality images.
They donated a stack of clear perspex which were off-cuts from jobs that were destined for the scrapheap, we saved them and used them as small windows. These windows were ways of making the space on the High Street more inclusive and accessible. The wooden hoarding acted as a barrier before, an area that was not part of the High Street. Previous rubbish and beer bottles were throw over the top of the hoarding, which is a clear indicator of what people felt towards the empty space. However since we have opened the doors and let people be a part of what is happening, the rubbish is no longer thrown over the hoarding and instead people are seen peering in through these wonderful donated windows.
We even cut the windows at different heights, so that everyone can look inside, short and tall, young and old.
If you want to try this yourself with hoarding that is creating a barrier in the community, we suggest that the windows you create are too small to get an adult clenched fist into the gap. Our larger windows were unfortunately knocked out, and after repairing them twice we decided to stick to the letterbox sized windows. If you are unable to get off-cuts of clear perspex then you can always use chicken wire or an alternative garden mesh. Although please be aware that this mesh will allow for small objects to be pushed through.