Posts Categorized: Public Commissions
Working in collaboration with BAA and Richard Rogers Partnership, we re-instated ‘Murals 1959’ for the Terminal 1 Flight Connection Centre at Heathrow Airport in 1996. We managed the whole process including the acquisition, restoration and installation of the murals.
‘Murals 1959’ had originally been commissioned for Heathrow Airport’s first modern terminal building in 1959 when Stefan Knapp was an established international artist with major commissions in the UK, Europe and the USA. Knapp pioneered the technique of large scale painting in enamel on steel panels, enabling him to take an architectural approach to his public centred work.
‘Murals 1959’ was at Heathrow from 1996 until 2017 when the work was decommissioned by Heathrow as part of the preparation for the re-development of Heathrow in anticipation of the third runway.
We re-instated ‘Murals 1959′ as part of the BAA Art Programme in 1996.
We were appointed by developers Lynton to deliver a temporary art commission, in collaboration with the architect Craig Downie of award winning practice Studio Downie.
Following a shortlist of artists, we commissioned recent graduate Zoe Chamberlain to design a temporary light based sculpture within a spectacular double height ground floor office space in Pall Mall, London. The sculpture was wrapped in lightweight technical fabric with fibre optics run along the outside edge of the spiral shape, making it glow at night.
We managed the whole commission process from begining to end, including artist selection, design, fabrication and installation.
‘Spiroglo’ was a temporary commission in 1998 on behalf of Lynton.
For ‘Rising’, a site spefic public art commission for Prologis Park, Bromley by Bow, we acted as advisors to artist Nigel Ellis. We helped with negotiations with the commissioner, devised the project brief and budget, drew up the contract and established a structure and timeline to effectively manage the commission. Working with Ellis, we provided general project support from concept design to project completion, ensuring the commission was delivered seamlessly.
‘’…’Rising’ was made on commission by architects for a new development on the site next to the old Gas Museum building in Bromley By Bow, from where the whole of east London was once supplied. Like some others of my sculptures its form is therefore something of a celebration of disappearing industrial achievement. However, ‘Rising’ relates primarily to the balance and weight of the body as experienced from inside. The straight ‘cuts’ give a plumb line – like a sense of vertical sheerness, and there is an underlying sense of both responding to and lifting against gravity, with the topmost forms lifted out of each other, while lower forms are slightly compressed. It is an aspirational, optimistic sculpture which presents interesting views all round, while having two particularly strong profiles. …” (Nigel Ellis).
‘Rising’, 2003 was a site specific commission for Prologis Park, Bromley by Bow.