London City Airport: major art commission announced

posted on 9th March 2020 by Eddie Saunders
London City Airport: major art commission announced

London City Airport (LCY) announces Anne Hardy for major new public art commission: DESTINATION LONDON.

The public art commission will be unveiled to the public this summer and will be situated in the International Arrivals corridor at London City Airport where it will welcome millions of visitors to London each year.

DESTINATION LONDON is a sequence of 6 large photograms, made with a cameraless technique. It features images created from the flora found at London City Airport, on the airfield and from the original dock side, as well as the wild spaces of Bow Creek, and the exotic species to be found in nearby urban gardens and allotments – encapsulating the long history of London as a place of travel, trade and movement through the plants which have made their way here over thousands of years.

Anne Hardy was chosen from a shortlist of East London-based artists by a panel of local stakeholders, London City Airport and The Line’s Co-Founder and Director, Megan Piper.

“The Thames connects us literally to past trade, and the people who have travelled here over its surface. The surrounding landscape of tidal flows and post-industrial development forms a kind of archaeology in flux, which holds within it a parallel botanic universe of international plants. Many of which were brought here by people; for food and connection to home cultures, as well as for trade and botanic research.” said Anne Hardy.

Anne Hardy is internationally recognised for her large-scale sculptural installations: immersive, sensual works that combine physical materials with lighting and surround sound. These works derive from places she calls ‘pockets of wild space’ – gaps in the urban space where materials, atmospheres, and emotions gather.

Hardy brings this approach to her commission for London City Airport, seeking out the overlooked and diverse botanical material in the surrounding urban space, and drawing on the specific atmosphere of this post-industrial landscape at the edge of Thames to create a series of large scale photograms. Anne Hardy was recently commissioned by Tate Britain, London to create ‘The Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light’ for their annual Winter Commission (2019/20)