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Installation of London's biggest permanent art exhibition begins

By Andrew Dempsey

Installation of London's biggest permanent art exhibition begins

The fabrication and installation of five of the bespoke works of art being integrated into the new Elizabeth stations in central London is now underway, ahead of the opening of the capital’s newest railway in December 2018.

New photos released give a glimpse of the impressive variety and scale of the artworks that are being created by internationally renowned artists. Each artist is working in partnership with station architects and engineers to create ambitious works that are woven into the structure of each station and reflect the unique character of the local area.

Sir Terry Morgan, Crossrail Chairman, said: “This fantastic set of new images showcases the creative ideas of internationally renowned artists who are working with our architects and engineers to integrate public art into the very fabric of the new Elizabeth line stations. The new railway will redefine transport in London and cement its place as a global capital for arts and culture.”

The Crossrail Art Programme is privately sponsored. The Crossrail Art Foundation is raising funds from corporate contributors, with match funding being provided by the City of London Corporation.

The new images show work underway on five of the ten artworks:

Paddington station: A Cloud Index by Spencer Finch, sponsored by City of London and Heathrow. US artist Finch has paid tribute to the UK’s fascination with the weather by creating a cloudscape that has been printed into the station’s showpiece – the 120m long glass canopy.

Crossrail Art - Spencer Finch: A Cloud Index, Paddington station - Jan 2018_298406

Tottenham Court Road station: By Richard Wright, sponsored by City of London, and Almacantar and Derwent London. Turner Prize winner Wright’s intricate geometric pattern, painted in gold leaf on the concrete ceiling above the station’s eastern escalator, transforms the interior of the station.

Crossrail Art - Richard Wright: Tottenham Court Road station eastern escalator - May 2018_304942

Farringdon station: Avalanche and Spectre by Simon Periton, sponsored by City of London and Goldman Sachs. Periton’s two artworks, in the eastern and western ticket halls, root the station in its history. On Cowcross Street, giant tumbling gems appear to roll down around the interior of the western ticket hall.

Crossrail Art - Simon Periton 'Avalanche' Farringdon western ticket hall - May 2018_304966

Farringdon station: At the eastern ticket hall near the Barbican, a curvaceous pattern, inspired by the ironwork of Smithfield Market, has been printed onto the glazing above the station entrance.

Crossrail Art - Simon Periton 'Spectre' Farringdon eastern ticket hall - May 2018_305914

Whitechapel station: A Sunday Afternoon in Whitechapel by Chantal Joffe, sponsored by City of London and Randeree Charitable Trust. The diverse and vibrant community of east London has inspired Joffe to create colourful two-metre tall portraits that line the platform tunnel walls to humanise the bustling space and create a sense of a personal in the public space.

Crossrail Art - Chantal Joffe: 'A Sunday Afternoon in Whitechapel'_305658

Construction of the Elizabeth line is now in its final stages. The stations are being fitted out with remaining artworks, architectural finishes and mechanical and electrical equipment, whilst the new Elizabeth line trains are being tested between Abbey Wood and Canary Wharf using the line’s new automatic train control system.

Later this year, the first completed infrastructure will be handed over to Transport for London, who will lead the trial operations and commissioning phase ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line in December.

The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.

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About Crossrail Art Programme

Nine artists are creating ten works of public art that will be integrated into seven of the new Elizabeth line stations to create a unique exhibition that reflects the ambition of London’s newest railway and the communities it serves:

  • Paddington – US artist Spencer Finch’s hand drawn cloudscape will be printed into the 120 metre glazed canopy, co-funded by Heathrow and City of London Corporation
  • Bond Street – British artist Darren Almond creating an abstract artwork that will be integrated into the spaces above and surround the escalators of the station’s western ticket hall, funded by Selfridges and City of London Corporation
  • Tottenham Court Road – Turner Prize winners Richard Wright and Douglas Gordon are producing distinct artworks for ticket halls at either end of the station, lead-funded by Almacantar and the City of London Corporation and co-funded by Derwent London
  • Farringdon – British artist Simon Periton’s locally inspired artworks will adorn both ticket halls at the centre of the Elizabeth line route, co-funded by Goldman Sachs and the City of London Corporation
  • Liverpool Street – Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and British sculptor Conrad Shawcross are creating new artworks for the station’s two ticket halls, sponsored by British Land, Landsec and City of London Corporation
  • Canary Wharf – digital art being developed by internationally renowned artist Michal Rovner, co-funded by Canary Wharf Group and the City of London Corporation.
  • Whitechapel – Inspired by the rich diversity of the local community, artist Chantal Joffe is creating large-scale collages for the platforms of the new station in east London

In total, seven London-based galleries have been selected to support the Crossrail Art Programme from a strategy developed in conjunction with FutureCity. They are:

The Crossrail Art Foundation registered as a charity in England and Wales (1159310) and is a company limited by guarantee (company number 09200269), with its registered office at 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL.

About Crossrail

The route will pass through 41 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.