London City Airport (LCY) has announced a new art commission with London artist Anne Hardy and East London’s public art organisation The Line.
Anne Hardy has commenced working on the new public art commission, Destination London, which was selected from a shortlist of artists based in East London by a committee of local stakeholders, including London City Airport and The Line’s co-founder and director Megan Piper.
Destination London is also part of The Line’s expanded programme to create a public art walk between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2.
The public art commission will be a sequence of six photograms made with a cameraless technique.
It will feature images of the foliage found at London City Airport, the original dockside, the airfield and the wild spaces of Bow Creek, in addition to the exotic plant species in closeby urban gardens and allotments.
Destination London is expected to capture the long history of London as a place of travel, trade and movement through the plants that have been found for over thousands of years.
The art commission, which will be unveiled this summer, will be located in the international arrivals corridor at London City Airport.
Anne Hardy is known for her large-scale sculptural installations. Her works are known to be immersive, bringing together physical materials with lighting and surround sound.
These works are inspired by locations that she calls ‘pockets of wild space’, referring to the gaps in urban spaces that inspire her art.
Bringing this approach to her latest commission, Hardy will seek out the overlooked and diverse botanical material in London, drawing particularly on the post-industrial landscape of the River Thames to produce a series of large scale photograms.
Recently, Anne Hardy was commissioned by Tate Britain, London, to create ‘The Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light’ for its annual Winter Commission of 2019-20.