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Artwork at Canary Wharf

‘Transitions’ by Michal Rovner, 2019

‘Transitions’ by Michal Rovner is a video artwork installation at Crossrail Place. The 16-metre-long LED screen is installed in the Canary Wharf Group retail which leads down to the Elizabeth line station ticket hall.

The work reflects on the human movement through history and time. Rovner filmed Architectural elements and monuments and created an imagined iconographic landscape of London. Across this landscape, are lines of human figures, representing the train lines, moving in and out rapidly.

In their state of perpetual motion, the figures reflect the restless dynamism of Canary Wharf station. It also reminds us of the tides of humanity that course and flow through London, a vast metropolis whose lifeblood has always been people moving from place to place.

The human figures depicted in the piece were also filmed by Rovner, after which all identifying features were removed digitally. By losing the specifics of their age, race and gender, these indistinct bodies represent all or any of us. They could be you or me.

“I wanted to encapsulate, to summarize this place, London, an intense metropolis, with the mystery of fog, the architecture, the monuments, testimonies of a dramatic history, and the current of human movement.

I hope that my work in this place, seen by people, will remind them that the time they take for granted, going from one place to another, and the space between, is actually very meaningful. By moving from one place to another, they are part of the magical human flow in time.”
- Michal Rovner

'Transitions' by Michal Rovner

Sponsor: Canary Wharf Group & the City of London Corporation

Gallery partner: Pace Gallery

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