The past, present and future of White City is being explored in a large scale public art installation that opens this week.
South Korean artist Kyung Hwa Shon has created expansive new artwork that will feature on the façade of the WestWorks building at White City Place. The designs take inspiration from local landmarks and even street signs.
The former BBC Television Centre and QPR’s Loftus Road Stadium are among the iconic local sights picked out by the artist who is an academic from the Royal College of Art. Meanwhile, brickwork and road markings from the Westway road and White City housing estate also feature in the artworks, that take the form of huge, colourful vinyl stickers.
A digital animation of the designs will play inside the WestWorks building’s lobby, located at 201 Wood Lane.
The exhibition, called Every Second In Between, launches tonight (14 May) with a preview event at WestWorks from 6-8.30pm featuring Kyung Hwa Shon in conversation with Dr Filipa Matos Wunderlich, a lecturer in urban design from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London.
Open to the public each day until August, the display aims to demonstrate how the environment and people in White City are reacting to the shifting landscape as the area undergoes substantial regeneration, which includes White City Place’s three buildings that are now home to ITV Studios, YOOX Net-a-Porter, and Huckletree.
As part of the project – in partnership with landowners Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo – a series of free 45-minute walking tours are being held tomorrow (15 May) for nearby workers and residents to explore the area, which was the home for the 1908 Olympics stadium, the first Olympic Games to be held in the UK.
Taking place at noon and 1pm, the circular walks around White City are led by artist Ania Bas and will include a complimentary lunch from Butterscotch Bakery, and end at the finish line of the 1908 Olympic Games.
Graduate students from the Royal College of Art – which has one of its own campus sites at the new White City Place development – are curating the exhibition during its three-month run.
Alistair Shaw, managing director at Stanhope, said: “We are very happy to support this exciting exhibition by the Royal College of Art. White City is a new hub for the creative industries and I am delighted that WestWorks is being used and enjoyed by its tenants and the community as intended.”
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