I do love a bit of “Pop -Up Art” and in the last couple of months have been drawn to two areas of London where artist Liz West has been commissioned to brighten up an otherwise concrete jungle and she has created a kaleidoscope of colour in an otherwise drab exterior.
About Liz West
Liz West (b. 1985) is a British artist who graduated from Glasgow School of Art and whose body of work encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture, and wall-based artwork.
Liz has been commissioned worldwide by institutions and organisations including Natural History Museum, National Trust, National Science and Media Museum, London Design Festival, Natural England, Allied London, Grosvenor, British Land, Salford University, Leftcoast, Allenheads Contemporary Arts and Bristol Biennial.
West’s work has been included in exhibitions with St Albans Museum + Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Chester Cathedral, Compton Verney, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Cornerhouse, Brunel University, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK Young Artists and Royal British Society of Sculptors in the UK, as well as internationally in Italy, Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, India and USA. Liz West also has a solo exhibitions at Hyvinkää Art Museum in Finland, which has just opened.
Greenwich Peninsula has commissioned Liz to create Hundreds and Thousands for The Tide in 2021. The Tide is a walkway that links the O2 complex to the river and the abundance of new housing that has been built on the peninsula, along t the Thames Clipper ferry port on the Thames.
The artwork wraps 700 m of the walkway’s glass balustrades, creating a ribbon of undulating colour, and when I visited, on just the right day weather wise, the sun shining through the coloured film provided an abundance of photo opportunities – albeit not my usual street character compositions, it did make for some interesting images.
Canary Wharf – Summer Lights
In Docklands – they have launched “Summer Lights”
A colourful exhibition celebrating natural light across the Canary Wharf estate.
Summer Lights features eleven exciting new artworks that shimmer and shine in natural light.
Here Liz West has produced Hymn to the Big Wheel – an immersive sculptural work exploring the illusion and physicality of colour and natural light in space. Consisting of a multi-coloured octagon nestled within a larger octagonal shape, this work encourages the viewer to reposition and align themselves to differing colour ways to see a changing scope of colours mixing before their eyes.