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Blackfriars Bridge - London's largest public display opens

The eastern pavement of Blackfriars Road Bridge will become London’s longest and most viewed outdoor art exhibition, when a 246 metre hoarding line running its entire length is turned into a new public art space, today.

A partnership between Network Rail and Bankside Gallery has pushed four artists with strong local connections onto a wider audience, with their original works featured on the hoarding for the coming year, as part of a new art exhibition titled, Thames Water-Colours.

Director of Bankside Gallery, Angela Parker, says: “We are delighted to be working with Network Rail on this exciting project. These colourful paintings and prints by renowned Royal Society artists should brighten everybody’s day.”

Reproduced to a size of approximately 3.0 metres by 1.5 metres, each image will be clearly visible from the western pavement of Blackfriars Road Bridge, close to St Paul’s Cathedral, and is expected to be seen by more than 10M crossing the River Thames every year.

A Network Rail spokesperson, said: “This is a landmark art project for a landmark station. We are always looking for new ways to involve local communities when undertaking major projects. The Thames Water-Colours art initiative underlines this.

“It is an exciting use of what would otherwise be dead space and we believe will not only brighten up the area, but will give the featured artists a unique opportunity to showcase their talent to a broader audience in high-profile location,” he said.

Thames Water-Colours is themed around the River Thames, the future of the city, rail transport and the cultural significance of the South Bank.

Oil and digital artist John Duffin, originally from Barrow and now living in Lewisham, is one of four artists participating in this exhibition. He created a specially commissioned work for Network Rail - ‘Blackfriars Bridge Looking East’ – which is an artist’s impression of what the new station will look like.

The Art:

  • Gail Brodholt – ‘First Light at Farringdon’
  • David Paskett – ‘Blackfriars’
  • John Duffin – ‘Blackfriars Bridge Looking East’
  • Mychael Barratt – ‘Shakespeare in Love’

Readers' comments (1)

  • Your public art project will add a lot to the area. In the US, we have a public art project in our small Missouri town that has helped change our town. See for photos and information. We have a lot of visitors from England who travel Route 66 through our town and stop to photograph the murals. A favorite group that came through brought their Austin 7s over and drove Route 66.

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