ARTIST: SUITMAN JUNGLE
TRACK: YOU KNOW THAT I NEED YOU
LOCATION: LONDON BRIDGE STATION
Between 2013-2018, the redevelopment of London’s oldest railway terminus created a transport hub that can accommodate 90 million passengers per year, while offering a greater number of, and faster connections for travellers.
The first London Bridge station was opened at Tooley Street in 1836 by the London & Greenwich Railway, along with its line as far as Deptford. A second station opened beside it, with the two finally fusing into a single station in 1923. However, the resulting layout remained confusing right up until the reopening in 2018.
Architect Grimshaw’s design is crowned by a rippling reflective canopy, and underpinned by an expansive public concourse which links St Thomas Street to Tooley Street. A new retail arcade cuts through the Victorian archway in the Wester Arcade, and the dark and foreboding Stainer Street road tunnel is now a bright pedestrian route where the huge, stainless steel domes of ceiling artwork ‘Me. Here. Now.’ by Mark Titchner welcomes travellers at the station’s northern gateway.
Suitman Jungle is a creation of percussionist Marc Pell. He plays live Jungle and Drum & Bass mash-ups using his voice, a sampler, and a standing cocktail drum kit. Having started on the streets of L.A.’s Hollywood Boulevard busking next to Captain America, the show has toured supporting Goat Girl and Mount Kimbie, performed at Hospital Record’s Croatian Festival Hospitality On The Beach, and received Arts Council England funding to create theatre shows at The Roundhouse and Canada Water Theatre.