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5:32 PM November 17, 2020

5:50 p.m. December 8, 2020

Public art on display throughout Canary Wharf is being expanded with six new pieces to create an ‘open-air gallery’ while its non-essential shops and bars remain closed during the Covid lockdown.

Tandem Lovers by Gillie and Marc. Photo: Lesley Johnson
– Credit: Lesley Johnson

The growing portfolio of 75 permanent works by 50 world-renowned artists already constitutes one of the largest collections of public art in the country exhibited in open spaces.

Additions include a newly acquired Scribbleform by Julian Wild, 30 feet in stunning red and weighing three tons. Other new works include Gillie & Marc’s Tandem Lovers sculpture, a kind of ‘let the dog see the rabbit’ as they soar into the sunset.

The 12-foot-long Metamorphosis bronze sculpture commissioned by Helaine Blumenfeld, joining her previously commissioned Fortuna from 2016, is also in Jubilee Park.

“It is important that our public art is accessible in these difficult times,” said Canary Wharf Group Chairman Sir George Iacobescu. “We’ve added pieces to our outdoor sculptures and installations to make sure people enjoy the works of some of the best UK and international artists.”

Camille Walala's reimagined Adams Plaza Bridge is now added to Canary Wharf's permanent collection of p

Camille Walala’s reimagined Adams Plaza Bridge is now added to Canary Wharf’s permanent collection of public space art. Photo: Matt Alexander/PA Wire
– Credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

The transformation of Adams Plaza Bridge by contemporary street artist Camille Walala has also been absorbed into the permanent art collection following its debut at the inaugural London Mural Festival this summer.

Non-essential shops are due to reopen in Canary Wharf under government guidelines on December 2. The expanding art trail aims to fill the void while maintaining public interest in the neighborhood which is a tycoon for shoppers and revelers. normally.