London is famous for its art scene, with galleries like the Tate, National Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts recognised for their incredible collections. However not all art is destined to live inside; public art is created specifically for the public realm, and is often found outside for all to enjoy.
Canary Wharf happens to be home to one of the United Kingdom’s largest collections of public art, with 65 pieces dotted around the Canary Wharf estate. Every piece is accessible to all, and if you’ve ever visited Canary Wharf you’ve probably walked past some of the art collection without even realising (if you’ve taken the tube to Canary Wharf you’ve almost certainly seen Konstantin Grcic’s Six Public Clocks).
Below we’ve shared snaps of our favourite pieces, and make sure you’re following us on Instagram for more photos from the Canary Wharf art trail.
Canary Wharf art trail
Six Public Clocks
Located in Reuters Plaza, Six Public Clocks is a playful installation from German designer Konstantin Grcic. His installation is based on the iconic Swiss railway clock, but here each of the 12 faces shows a single and different numeral.
Igor Mitoraj was a Polish artist whose sculptures combined ‘the surreal with the antiquity of Greece and Rome’. The bandaged face of Testa Addormentata (Head Asleep) is one of three Mitoraj sculptures that you can find dotted around Canary Wharf.
Couple on Seat
Couple on Seat is one of Lynn Chadwick’s later works. Originally an architectural draughtsman, Chadwick took up sculpture after World War II and his work often followed in the tradition of Henry Moore.
Download the Canary Wharf art map here.