Yayoi Kusama To Create New Public Art For London Tube

Art & Design

March 22, 2018 | BY AFP

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will create her first-ever permanent UK installation for the new Liverpool Street station on London's Elizabeth line.

The next time you are in London, you might be able to spot Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's work on the London Tube. Kusama is one of nine artists selected for the Crossrail Art Programme, which is overseeing a series of ten public artworks for seven stations of the soon-to-open Elizabeth line.

Kusama's site-specific work, titled "Infinite Accumulation," will feature the artist's instantly recognisable polka-dot motif, the dots appearing as polished spheres supported and connected by curved rods. Together, these elements will create a series of mirrored steel sculptures that will reach up to 12 meters wide and 10 meters high, guiding passengers from the public spaces outside the new Liverpool Street station and into its eastern entrance at Broadgate.

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She is one of the final two artists to be announced, along with British artist Conrad Shawcross, who is also readying a work for the Liverpool Street station in the heart of the City of London. For his bronze sculpture, "Manifold," Shawcross is taking inspiration from musical harmony, using a machine based on the Victorian harmonograph to map the shape of a piano chord as it falls into silence. The resulting "drawing" will be sculpted in three dimensions and will serve as a sort of signpost outside the station's west entrance at Moorgate.

Kusama and Shawcross's designs were unveiled at the opening of "Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth line," an exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery that is showcasing the ideas of all nine participating artists through May 6. The Elizabeth line is slated to open in December.

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