At the Whitechapel, the Works Destined for the Elizabeth Line

Nine internationally famous artists meet at the Whitechapel to unveil the works of public art destined to embellish the latest addition to the tube, the Elizabeth Line. Spencer Finch offers his touch of colour to Paddington Station, while the bronze writing Reflect from Your Shadow created by Darren Almond will head to the station at Bond Street. From the neon signs of Douglas Gordon that will add a touch of the ‘60s to the West ticket window at Tottenham Court Road at Dean Street, to the steel sculptures that will greet commuters at Liverpool Street along with the bronze sculpture by Conrad Shawcross, the exhibition Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth Line on display at 77 Whitechapel High Street, is an interesting taste of public art on display as of December 2018. Each artist was commissioned directly by The Crossrail Art Foundation - founded in 2014 with the mission of promoting art to benefit the public - to create works in harmony with the location, history and function of each station, through a series of cultural interventions installed within the halls, along the escalators, on the platforms and in other public spaces. Of course, there is also Chantal Joffe, the artist charged with beautifying Whitechapel Station with a series of monumental and vibrant portraits.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 for Bulgari Hotel London