New to the Wharf: Explore our newer artworks
Explore the artworks that haven’t quite made their way on to our map yet.
Some are recent acquisitions, and some were originally commissioned as temporary installations that we didn’t want to part with!
Electro-Rainbow is an installation by artist Lothar Götz initially commissioned for Pride month 2022 to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture.
The artwork is a site-specific piece which responds to the giant glass panels that make up the walls surface. The installation takes inspiration from the Progress Pride Rainbow Flag, incorporating them and adapting the stripes into a shifting rainbow of coloured triangles within the square panels. The artist also sees the work akin to the floor of a disco or club, with the patterns and colours dancing across the surface like rays of light on a dancefloor. This provides an echo of the importance of club culture in the development of LGBTQ+ identities.
Elantica ‘The Boulder’ uses discarded circuit-boards to fuse nature and artifice. By mimicking a natural rock formation with electronic materials, the boulder seeks to demonstrate our world’s tendency to create a digital version of reality. The repurposing of e-waste as the art medium for this geometric form indicates a desired pursuit of harmony between nature and technology. This piece was first showcased in our Winter Lights festival in January 2023 and now forms part of our Public Art collection. Whilst this piece can be enjoyed any time of day, it is best viewed after dusk when it is illuminated.
Katrina’s practice is deeply informed by the joyful clash of diversity, shapes, people and places in her surroundings. Coming Together is a colourful and functional art installation of sculptural benches; inspired by 2D abstract prints based on the architecture of Canary Wharf.
The benches help in a changing society to nurture relationships and reconnect with one another. They can be moved about and slotted together in new formations, acting as one large installation or a number of smaller ones. Coming Together aims to encourage play and wellbeing, helping to lift the mood for those who engage with the installation.
Originally commissioned for Pride 2021, Fiona Grady has created a captivating and colourful installation covering the front of the Jubilee Place atrium. Her work was inspired by the children’s toy, combining a palette of rainbow transparent vinyl triangles that dance across the glass surface of the Jubilee atrium. The colour palette references the iconic Rainbow Pride Flag, and as the day goes on and light changes so does the artwork, offering each viewer a unique experience.
The colours of the Pride flag found within Fiona’s work reflect the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community. Fiona said her of installation ‘This joyful use of colour celebrates every queer identifying individual to align a sense of collective belonging’.
The installation which includes a 3×3 basketball court and the surrounding park walls aims to encourage and inspire people to ‘be the best that they can be’. Creating somewhere for friends and family to come together for both sports and relaxation, in a bright and inviting public space. Throughout his art is a sense of hope and optimism, reminding us all of the power in creating memories in fun and colourful outdoor spaces, something the world has missed for too long.
Yinka Ilori MBE is a London-based multidisciplinary artist of a British-Nigerian heritage. Ilori specialises in storytelling by fusing his mixed cultural upbringing to tell new stories in contemporary design. Humorous, provocative, and fun, every project that he creates tells its own story. Bringing Nigerian verbal tradition into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.
Placed in the idyllic Harbour Quay Gardens, Rasmussen has created an alluring red surface that twists and flows, shifting between curves and sharp edges, through the convex and concave. The elegant sculpture creates wonderful shapes through the form itself as well as its negative space.
Graphic Rewilding is an ongoing art project created by artists Lee Baker & Catherine Borowski. The goal of this project is to create large-scale artworks that introduce the diversity and colours of the natural world into urban environments. With these images we hope to inspire and encourage people to connect a little more with nature.
By removing these flowers from a natural context, the glorious shapes and colours of the flowerheads have one foot in abstraction and the other in still life. Though the original inspiration for these artworks is rooted in Japanese culture, the images, colour and language of nature are universal, appealing to all, and there is an inherent depth, weight and connection which we all instinctively feel.
In celebration of Canary Wharf Group’s expansive work with the Eden Project, Baker & Borowski have looked for inspiration – not only in water plants and insects, but also in Monet’s iconic Water Lily paintings and Hokusai’s iris prints. Native species in the artwork include Alba Water Lily, Water Forget-me-not, Yellow Flag Iris, Great Willowherb, Cattail, Flowering Rush and Emperor Dragonfly.