Contemporary artist creates eye-catching bespoke design for first-ever London Mural Festival
When: 1st - 30th September 2020 as part of London Mural festival; then a permanent feature of Canary Wharf’s art collection
Where: Adams Plaza Bridge, Canary Wharf
How much: Free
London, August 2020 – Canary Wharf is set to be splashed with the joy inspiring vibrancy of internationally renowned artist, Camille Walala, this September. Making her mark on one of London’s most iconic spaces, Walala will transform Adams Plaza Bridge into a showstopping highlight of the debut London Mural Festival.
The French artist, known for her compelling fusion of entrancing typography and colourful graphic patterns, is a breath of fresh creativity who evokes elation and inspiration in those that view her work. Walala’s ability to transform urban landscapes is unrivalled – with large-scale installations decorating metropolitan canvasses across the world, including Hong Kong, New York and Mauritius.
Now an East London resident, Walala is the perfect match for Canary Wharf. Her latest design will wrap the structure of Adams Plaza Bridge in a vinyl of enchanting geometric shapes, and hues from every aspect of the colour wheel. Playing with the long perspective of the tunnel, the design shows an optical pattern that shrinks and elongates as it moves across the panel of the bridge – creating a distorted effect as visitors pass through.
The iconic bridge will be transformed like never before, and will showcase an awe-inspiring example of Walala’s brilliance, whilst providing visitors with a unique and colourful Instagram-worthy backdrop. The installation is the perfect accompaniment to the existing green spaces and impressive skyline of the Canary Wharf estate. It will become cemented as part of Canary Wharf’s already impressive collection of public art, living beyond the duration of the London Mural Festival.
The London Mural Festival is an exhibition set to use London as a vast canvas, painting a minimum of 20+ new large-scale murals across the city. This collection of works from international and local artists will be showcased across London from the 1st - 30th of September.
Camille Walala, said: “Being an East Londoner, it’s incredibly special to have my art feature at Canary Wharf – it’s such an iconic location, and I’m excited to put my own stamp on it. And I’m even more thrilled that it will become part of the permanent collection of art on the Estate.
It’s been a pleasure to help transform Adams Plaza Bridge and I hope it brings a smile to the great mix of people that will pass it every day.”
Lucie Moore, Head of Arts + Events, Canary Wharf Group, said: “We’re thrilled to have one of the world’s most inspiring artistic minds design this piece for Adams Plaza Bridge. It’s an ambitious install and never has the bridge been brought to life in such a way before. Camille Walala’s work is a fantastic addition to the Estate and we hope people enjoy it as they begin to reconnect with friends, family and co-workers at Canary Wharf.”
Canary Wharf is home to one of the UK’s largest collections of public art - an award-winning collection of over 75 artworks from 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen. For visitors making their way back onto the Estate, full social distancing measures have been put in place to make it accessible and safe.
For more information visit www.canarywharf.com