In 2010, Futurecity was appointed to develop a visionary art commissioning strategy for Crossrail, originally described as the ‘Culture Line’. The proposal was for a permanent world-class, line-wide art programme across Crossrail’s 7 new central and east London Elizabeth line stations.
The strategy influenced by Futurecity’s experience of working on large art, architecture and infrastructure projects, proposed site-specific artworks by some of the world’s most renowned artists and the largest collaborative art commissioning process in a generation. The strategy was also designed to assist the search for project funding. In order to raise the profile of this ambitious public art project, Futurecity identified 7 of London’s leading international, commercial contemporary art galleries - one for each station.
Today, 9 artists are working with Crossrail to create 10 works of public art that will be integrated into 7 of the new Elizabeth line stations to create a unique exhibition that reflects the ambition of London’s newest railway and the communities it serves. The project falls outside Crossrail’s core funding and so The Crossrail Art Foundation has been raising funds from corporate funders, with each contribution being match funded by the City of London Corporation.
· Paddington – US artist Spencer Finch’s hand drawn cloudscape will be printed into the 120-metre glazed canopy
· Bond Street – British artist Darren Almond creating an abstract artwork that will be integrated into the spaces above and surround the escalators of the station’s western ticket hall
· Farringdon – British artist Simon Periton’s locally inspired artworks will adorn both ticket halls at the centre of the Elizabeth line route
· Canary Wharf – digital art being developed by internationally renowned artist Michal Rovner,
· Whitechapel – Inspired by the rich diversity of the local community, artist Chantal Joffe is creating large-scale collages for the platforms of the new station in east London
The ‘Culture Line’ will fundamentally alter the way people navigate London with a series of unique major art installations across multiple locations in the city. More information on the Crossrail Art Programme can be found at http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/art-on-crossrail/integrating-art-and-infrastructure/