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Art Commissions: Bloomberg New London HQ, Foster+Partners


Michael Craig-Martin, Olafur Eliasson, Arturo Herrera, Cristina Iglesias, David Tremlett and Pae White have been commissioned to create site-specific works for Bloomberg’s new European headquarters and the surrounding public realm. An additional new commission by Isabel Nolan for Bloomberg SPACE joins  an existing work by Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell. The building in the City of London, by Foster + Partners, aims to encourage collaboration and cooperation and inspire creativity through art. It launches today, 24 October 2017.

The six new commissions feature large scale installations integral to the building’s outdoor and interior spaces, where “The artists were encouraged to think about their projects holistically— not as isolated objects to be temporarily dropped into position, but as a substantial and lasting expression of the features and history of the site.”

Michael Craig-Martin, Lexicon
The installation in 12 parts, takes everyday objects and enlarges them to a monumental scale positioned on the interior stone walls of floors 2, 3 and 4. Several of these objects have been bisected into components, suggesting that they slipped between successive floors of the building, while others stand on their own.

Olafur Eliasson, No future is possible without a past
Olafur Eliasson’s work consists of two parts integrated into the primary paths of arrival and circulation. The first part crowns the central vortex of the foyer with an undulating surface of milled and polished aluminium, measuring more than 400 sq. feet. The second intervention at the base of a ramp that spirals from the second to the eighth floor creates the effect of a pond’s surface, made of milled and polished aluminium.

Arturo Herrera, Sortario
A ‘wall painting’ in the sixth floor dining room, crafted from two layers of machine-cut wool felt, combining abstract shapes with references to Roman artefacts uncovered on site by archaeologists during the construction of the building.

Cristina Iglesias, Forgotten Streams
The sculpture spans across the site as a three-part work with water flowing over cast bronze, sculpted from branches and leaves. Located in two of the public plazas around the site, the work was inspired by the hidden Walbrook river in the location of the site.

Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell, Frozen Sky
A constellation of the world’s urban centres presenting 45 three-letter acronyms of the codes used by air transport authorities to identify international destinations around the globe.

David Tremlett, City Drawing #1
The large wall drawing was applied in coloured pastel crayons directly onto the walls. The geometric composition responds to the volume, proportions and circulation of the architecture of the space, as well as the Roman ruins at its foundation.

p white Bloomberg_LDN_Art_05Pae White, Pomona
The suite of three tapestries, each c. 10 feet high and a total of c.40 feet in length, are derived from traditional textile ‘samplers’ and the natural world.

IN 800-8Bloomberg SPACE: Isabel Nolan, Another View from Nowhen
Isabel Nolan’s installation features two works: The Barely Perceptible Vibration of Everything, a vibrant, hand-tufted 19.45 metre long tapestry, and Blind to the Rays of the Returning Sun, an angular, open-form sculpture, that respond to history of the site.


Michael Craig-Martin Lexicon Located on the walls of floors 2, 3 and 4. Photo credit: James Newton

Olafur Eliasson No future is possible without a pastLocated in the Vortex on the ground floor and at the base of the ramp on the 2nd floor. Photo credit: James Newton

Arturo Herrera Sortario Located on the 6th floor in the dining room. Photo credit: James Newton

Cristina Iglesias. Forgotten Streams. Located in two of the public plazas around the site. Photo credit: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell Frozen Sky Located on the 6th floor near the dining room.
Photo credit: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

Isabel Nolan Another View from Nowhen Photo credit: David Morgan

David Tremlett City Drawing #1 Located in the south building reception hall and elevator lobby. Photo credit: James Newton

Pae White Pomona Located on the ground floor in the auditorium’s pre-function space. Photo credit: James Newton

About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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