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Artwork at Bond Street

‘STEAM’, ‘Train of Thought’ and ‘Timeline’ by Darren Almond

British artist Darren Almond has created three abstract artworks for the spaces above and around the new Bond Street station western ticket hall, located at Davies Street. In form and style, they each resemble large-scale adaptations of the printed metal nameplates that were affixed to early British locomotives. Each work is made by the same heritage sign company who made many of the boilerplates for locomotives of the past.

Bond Street 3

'STEAM’, made up of 144 hand cast aluminium panels, is positioned over the main escalators in the entrance hall and presents passengers with abstract field of fragmented numbers cascading below an imagined ‘horizon line’.

“Before you’ve even physically begun a journey you are already thinking in a numerical language: the first question we all ask ourselves is, ‘What time is the train?’ So it seemed appropriate to mark the starting point of the journey with a work engaged with a similar language.”
- Darren Almond

‘Train of Thought’ has been installed over the entrance to the lower escalator where Almond has created a giant sign that reads 'Reflect From Your Shadow'.

“Reflect from your shadow serves as an ever-changing point of reference. It is at once an affirmation of existence and a guide to help forge a clear path.  It asks you to consider your experience and what you leave in your wake, both at personal and collective level. It highlights who we are: without light there would be no shadow.”
- Darren Almond

His final piece, ‘Timeline’, presents another evocative phrase, ‘From Under the Glacier’. Here, the words have been divided up into a sequence of four single word plates, designed to be viewed as you begin your ascent to the surface.

“We are in those strata and literally coming up from under the glacier. What could be more dramatic than to be reminded that your physical presence here, at this very point, is only made possible by passing though geological time itself?”
- Darren Almond

Both ‘Train of Thought’ and ‘Timeline’ artworks reference in form the language of early British locomotive nameplates. The train names have been substituted with poetic phrases and are cast in aluminium and bronze.

Abstract in nature, the three artworks seek to activate a discussion around the mechanics of time and place and the narratives implied in the daily rhythm of the station - descent, ascent, arrival and departure.

Sponsor: Selfridges & City of London Corporation

Gallery partner: White Cube