Below ground, meters beneath the base of Centre Point, something very special is underway. As the extensive and historic Crossrail project draws to a close ahead of opening in December later this year, the fabrication and installation of five bespoke works of art are being integrated into the new Elizabeth Line stations.
At Tottenham Court Road station, Almacantar has begun working with Turner Prize winning artist Richard Wright to integrate his signature geometric pattern into the new section of the station. Best known for his site-specific and transient works, Richards style unites painting with graphics and typography, charging architectural spaces with a fourth dimension of subtle yet extreme optical complexity.
Wright’s works on paper encompass a range of handmade prints, ink drawings, gilding and watercolors. More recently, Wright came to install leaded glass into existing window and skylight apertures, allowing the work to meld with the fabric of the building. Utilising various media, these interventions serve to shift the viewer’s perception of the space. Sponsored by City of London, Almacantar and Derwent London, his work will appear on the concrete ceiling painted in gold leaf above Tottenham Court Road’s eastern escalator transforming the interior of the station. However, there are many months to go of course until you can see this for yourself! Look out for Wright’s permanent installation later this year when Crossrail is unveiled to Londoners under the shadow of Centre Point.
This article was written by Kirk Truman on June 13, 2018
Photo credit: Crossrail