Liane Lang’s public artwork, The Long Way Home, is a 180-metre long sequence of photographic images taken over 2010/2011 for a pedestrian underpass in Norwood Junction, south London. The artist researched photographs and stories in the Croydon Historic Archives and worked with residents and local experts, to develop a photographic memorial to the area. From the WWI memorial to the Church Lad’s Brigade, to the once proud Odeon Cinema; from shopkeepers to suffragettes, these images tell a complex story of social change. There are many hidden tales within this image sequence, which includes over 100 photographs. One-time Norwood resident Arthur Conan Doyle is there in spirit, his house still stands and along the way many hidden images and small interventions by the artist add a layer of mystery, invoking the ghosts of Norwood’s past.
The work is a permanent installation commissioned by Croydon Council’s Art Services.