Public art in Nine Elms – ten outdoor artworks to visit this October
Whilst enjoying an Autumn stroll, here are ten outdoor artworks in the Nine Elms area to keep an eye out for or to look forward to visiting in future. A trail of public art weaves its way through the area, featuring an eclectic mix of mediums including murals, sculptures and installations in railway underpasses.
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A Brief History of Time by Brian Barnes
Located on the Carey Gardens estate this large mural pays homage to the history of the area. It was created by acclaimed muralist, activist and local resident Brian Barnes, working alongside artists Morganico and LeSpleen. The artwork includes references to the area’s past and present, including lavender – which was famously cultivated in the area, iconic Battersea Power Station, and The Who – who had a recording studio nearby on Thessaly Road.
Microscopic Park Life by Amalia Pica
Microscopic Park Life is created from digitally-printed tiles. Artist Amalia Pica and microbiologist Joanne Santini from UCL collected samples of soil and water from the gardens and the ponds of nearby Battersea Park. The resulting artwork celebrates the mysteries that a microscope can reveal.
Sculpture Garden by Matthew Darbyshire
The work is inspired by the 1951 International Open Air Exhibition at Battersea Park of Sculpture, playing on the imagined idea that the work from the show wasn’t dispersed or destroyed, but repurposed. The garden and interactive artwork, located on Berkeley Homes’ Vista Development, is open to residents as well as the general public.
Power by Morag Myerscough
The entrance to Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station is home to this striking art installation by leading British artist and designer, Morag Myerscough. “Power” acts as a bold, colourful welcome to visitors and passersby at Grosvenor Arch and a celebration of the iconic building that has inspired the work.
Happy Street by Yinka Ilori
This colourful artwork has transformed Thessaly Road’s bridge, which was previously a gloomy underpass. Yinka Ilori Studio were awarded this commission by Wandsworth Council following winning a contest as part of London Festival of Architecture and consulting with local residents. Inspired by colour theory, the artist used 16 different colours for happiness and wellbeing.
‘Bloom!’ by BLKbrd Collective
A bright, new mural artwork entitled ‘Bloom!’ is now on display on the facade of New Covent Garden Flower Market, highlighting the importance of the iconic market and the people who work within. ‘Bloom!’ by the south-east London based BLKbrd Collective was chosen after more than 230 artists submitted work as part of New Covent Garden’s annual Vitrine Art Commission. It’ll be on display until October 2021.
Fixed to a wall on Nine Elms Lane opposite the new US embassy is a small mosaic of the American whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who fled the country after leaking classified information that revealed the extent of US surveillance activities. This work by an unknown artist, is inscribed with ‘Thanks for the truth’.
Florian by Sarah Lucas
Florian is a giant marrow cast in highly polished bronze. It’s provocative, humorous and undeniably phallic and typical of the work of the artist who has always been fascinated by the human anatomy. Florian confronts the viewer as an object that is both familiar and disorientating in equal measure.
Nine Elms Pavilion by Linda Florence and Studio Weave
This bright pavilion was designed to be a celebration for the re-opening of the riverside path in Nine Elms. The steel structure is covered in colourful hand printed wooden panels and copper-coated panels, typically used to construct water tanks. The colourful patterns are a reference to bridges built during the industrial revolution, which were often painted in vibrant colours, and the area’s industrial heritage and the quay structures that have now largely been removed from this stretch of the Thames.
S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys Project by Kay Rufai
Artist & mental health researcher Kay Rufai worked with students from local St John Bosco College in Battersea to produce this photography exhibition trail across three community noticeboards in Nine Elms.
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