Top 10: Public Artworks
Camden has a long tradition of artists living and working in the borough. Major visual artists like Anthony Caro and Henry Moore have been based here. It’s a tradition that’s carried on, with art and artists at the very heart of the communities, and creative people from all over the world coming to Camden to create and showcase their work
Camden supports innovative public art as part of new developments in the borough, to create and showcase Camden and design an environment that’s unique and will give pleasure to our residents, businesses and the many visitors.
1. Pecking Bird By Gary Hume RA
Inspired by the natural bounty surrounding this rural retreat, the artworks created there evoke birds, plants and flowers, in fact “all things he sees from his window”.
Located at Regent’s Place, the site-specific artwork titled 'Pecking Bird' by Gary Hume draws inspiration from the natural bounty that surrounds the artist. This immense 20-panel installation stands almost 14 metres above the traffic and pedestrians at the Brock Street and Hampstead Road intersections. Pecking Bird was commissioned by British Land for Regent’s Place in 2012.
2. St Joan by Keith Grant
Outside the Shaw Theatre, the sculpture St Joan by artist Keith Grant is in recognition of Shaw’s play of the same name (1923). Serving as a symbol for the Shaw Theatre, this towering metal construction stands just across the road from the Newton statue (see below). It's said to represent a knight's helmet in abstract form, surrounded by bows and lances.
3. Newton Statue by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
The towering statue by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi of Sir Issac Newton sits just outside the British Library. The statue has been part of the Library since 1997, two years after it first opened. This statue is also interactive; visitors can scan the plaque on Newton’s plinth and receive a phone call from the great man himself, who talks about his early life, his scientific and mathematical discoveries and his work as Master of the Royal Mint.
4. Reflection (2001) by Anthony Gormley
Anthony Gormley's Reflection can be found at 350 Euston Road. This piece comprises two metal casts of the sculptor's body, staring as though in reflection on either side of a glass curtain wall. more of Gromely's work can be seen at the British Library and at The Wellcome Collection.
5. Betjeman Sculpture by Martin Jennings
Standing on the platform at St Pancras is a large statue of poet John Betjeman by Martin Jennings. Betjeman, who helped to save St Pancras station from demolition in the 1960s, was honoured with a seven-foot high bronze statue next to the arrival point of the Eurostar. The statue was unveiled in November 2007.
6. Thomas Heatherwick's 'Bleigiessen' Sculpture
This Sculpture can be found in the eight-storey high atrium space of the Wellcome Collection, above a pool of water. The sculpture consists of 142,000 glass spheres suspended on 27,000 high-tensile steel wires. It glows with a constantly shifting rainbow of colours, an effect created through a unique process of sandwiching reflective film within the glass.
7. The Meeting Place by Paul Day
The Meeting Place, by Paul Day, is a 30ft high scuplture of a couple locked in an embrace which is modelled on the artist himself and his wife. Revealed in 2007, the sculpture is meant to evoke the romance of travel.
8. Scott Eaton's Amy Winehouse Statue
This one is for the music lovers! A life-sized bronze statue of Amy Winehouse stands at the central point of Camden’s Stables Market, as a tribute to the late singer. The statue was created by artist Scott Eaton and features Amy’s recognisable beehive hairstyle. It was unveiled on 14 September 2014 which would have been Amy Winehouse’s 31st birthday.
9. The Regent's Place Pavilion
This 8m high series of vertial rods place-marks he area between 10 and 20 Triton Street. Created by the architectural practice Carmody Groarke, the steel rods represent ornamental trees which can be moved to create different pathways. The rods shimmer in the sunlights and at night, they light up.
10. Not for Self but for All by Mark Trinton
Created by Mark Trinton, 'Not for Self but for All' is a translation of Camden Council’s Latin motto. This motto is on a joyful backdrop depicting the richness and diversity of the community and culture in London. This piece is a celebration of community and democratic society. The rich culture and history of Camden is encapsulated in this public artwork, not for self but for all.
Regent's Place has recently completed its public art program as part of the new development: Regent’s Place Art Guide.