April 17, 2021 - April 30, 2022
Art Walk Two: The Navigators
Suggested route: begin at Hay’s Galleria by London Bridge Station and ends at Bermondsey Square. This will take approximately 50 minutes.
1.The Navigators by David Kemp (1986)
Location: The Navigators sculpture can be found at Hay’s Galleria, opposite London Bridge station and on the south bank of the Thames, abeam of HMS Belfast, by London Bridge City Pier (alight with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers), and half-way between London Bridge and Tower Bridge.
David Kemp’s The Navigators has been in Hay’s Galleria since 1986. Inspired by the historic wharf, stories of maritime commerce, and Victorian adventures and sea-voyages, Kemp combined Gothic fantasy, sea monsters, man and machine in this kinetic sculpture. The 60-foot artwork was installed during the renovation of Hay’s Galleria and when activated its oars move through the water at its sides.
“I make things out of things, big things, little things, old things and new things. I like to recycle things, and find new uses for things that have been thrown away. Some things say something about their surroundings, and other things become something else.” David Kemp
Commissioned by London Bridge City, in collaboration with the Hay’s Galleria architect, Bob Clements.
For more than 20 years, David Kemp has lived and worked on the exposed Atlantic coast of West Cornwall, inspired by the natural landscape, and by the remains of the tin-mining industry carried out there since medieval times. Living among the ruins, he collects fragments, piecing together curious connections between old and new mythologies and technologies.
Photography by Fred Romero
2. Evergreen by David Batchelor (2003)
David Batchelor’s vibrant Evergreen provides light and colour, even on the darkest winter day. Sited within a cluster of real trees, it shines out like a playful beacon inviting visitors to look closer. As the neighbouring trees change throughout the seasons, losing and re-growing foliage, Evergreen remains permanently illuminated, never changing its dynamic spring green colour at the top of its highly polished, stainless steel trunk that complements the surrounding glass and steel architecture of its surroundings.
Commissioned by London Bridge City.
David Batchelor is an artist and writer who was born in Dundee and lives and works in London. His work is concerned primarily with colour and with the way we see and respond to different hues in the digital age. He makes sculptural installations out of found objects, accumulating mass-produced items – disused domestic objects, and scrap industrial materials – which he repurposes to create colourful, often luminous, structures and forms.
Photography by Peter Trimming
3. Full Stops by Fiona Banner (2004)
Fiona Banner’s glistening black and bold Full Stops are all cast in bronze and coated in shiny black paint – the same as used on London Taxis – giving a highly reflective surface that mirrors the surrounding buildings and reflects light and water. There are five separate Full Stops, each an accurate 3D, vastly enlarged version of a full stop from a variety of commonly used typefaces, which lend their names to each sculpture – Slipstream, Optical, Courier, Klang and Nuptail.
Sculpture project initiated by More London Estates (now London Bridge City), with support from the Pool of London Partnership and Arts & Business new Partners.
Fiona Banner, aka The Vanity Press – in 2009 she issued herself an ISBN number and registered herself as a publication – is a British artist who lives and works in London. Her work encompasses sculpture, drawing, installation, performance and text. She is well known for her early works in the form of ‘wordscapes’ or ‘still films’ that retell in her own words entire feature films or sequences of events from Hollywood war films. Humour, conflict and language are at the core of her work, which has been exhibited in prominent international venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Hayward Gallery, London.
Fiona Banner was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2002 and is the Royal Academy’s Professor of Perspective.
Photography by Olof Lagerkvist
4. Couple by Stephan Balkenhol (2003)
Stephen Balkenhol’s Couple is located high above street level, prompting us to look up. The individual sculptures of a man and a woman are set apart but are clearly a couple. Each carved figure is painted with a simple and economic range of colours to highlight facial features and clothing. The male sculpture is dressed in a white shirt and black trousers, referencing local office workers, and is placed on a tall plinth, while the female figure is a short distance away on the same eye level, positioned on a low roof.
Commissioned by More London Estates (now London Bridge City).
Stephan Balkenhol is a contemporary German artist known for his painted statues of the human form. His totem-like sculptures of everyday people are reminiscent of both folk art and medieval sculpture, and his process advances the longstanding tradition of woodcarving in Germany. He uses a variety of woods, including poplar and Douglas fir, and crafts each work from single blocks using hammers, power saws, and chisels, working with speed and retaining the chisel marks.
Connections: Balkenhol has completed many public commissions throughout his career, including Head of a Man / Figure on a Buoy, a 1992 site-specific installation by Blackfriars Bridge, not far from here. A monumental head was placed on an obsolete bridge pillar and downstream a smaller, life-sized figure was attached to a buoy.
Photography by Paul Simpson
5. Joy Bomb by Amy Broch (2021)
Location: Inside London Bridge Station, on the lower pedestrian shopping concourse by WHSmiths.
Joy Bomb London Artist Amy Broch is looking to spread JOY, LOVE and positive vibes to all in the London Bridge area, through a series of artworks to help restore hope and revive optimism, with the ethos of creating joy bombs, an artistic equivalent to photo bombing. Watch out for them in windows, and on walkways and pavements around London Bridge station.
JOY Bomb London creates site-specific interactive installations that transform ordinary spaces into mini-worlds – playful explosions of sunny, squishy, furry, rainbow-filled delights. The artist draws from childhood nostalgia, pop culture and the irreverent contents of her shimmering, candy-coated brain. Her work provides opportunities to explore, connect and laugh.
JOY Bomb London was created by whimsical gangster and emerging conceptual artist Amy Broch after her husband Sean’s 2018 ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) diagnosis. Immediately, the couple began exploring every treatment available in order to treat and slow the progression of the disease. Learning that happiness was linked to better treatment outcomes and longevity for ALS patients was a big moment. Suddenly, the colourful, playful installations Amy had been creating and experimenting with for years had a greater significance.
Photography Amy Broch
6. Hope Reveals the World and The Sun Rises Bright by Mark Titchner (2020)
Location Hope Reveals The World and The Sun Rises Bright are located on the Low Line, in a railway arch between Pizza Pilgrims and Honest Burgers on Bermondsey Street, just south of Shipwright Arms and adjacent to one of the entrances to London Bridge mainline station.
The way we experienced our shared spaces changed dramatically in 2020 with the advent of Covid pandemic. As the London Bridge area began to welcome back visitors after the first lockdown, Team London Bridge collaborated with Mark Titchner to celebrate the strength and solidarity of the community in a new series of artworks.
“The original concept for this series of artworks was based on the idea of offering a nurturing, reassuring presence as we ease back into our un/familiar streets. However, as I developed the texts for the works, I also felt a sense that this moment – despite all the difficulty – presents an immense opportunity; the opportunity to build a better version of
what we had before. As such the aesthetic style of the works shifted away from something soothing towards something bold and celebratory. Reflecting a hope that despite all the challenges so far and those yet to come, we will be together again in the streets we know and love.” Mark Titchner
Commissioned by Team London Bridge.
Mark Titchner lives and works in South London. After leaving Central St Martins he worked as a model maker and workshop assistant on nearby Weston Street and from 2002 to 2006 he worked from Delfina Studios on Bermondsey Street. He was a 2006 nominee for the Turner Prize and participated in the Venice Biennale in 2007.
Focusing on an exploration of words and language, in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm both in the UK and internationally.
Connections: Another version of Hope Reveals the World can be seen at Newcomen Street, SE1 by the Kings Arms and Titchner’s sculpture for the transformation of the station Me.Here.Now can be seen in Stainer Street part of London Bridge Station. His latest work, The Future Will Be Built from Today, is at Arthur’s Mission, at 1 Melior Place and next to Trivet.
A temporary pop-up poster campaign commissioned by Team London Bridge, in collaboration with the BUILDHOLLYWOOD family of Jack, Jack Arts and Diabolical, showcased four of the artists artworks on 60 billboards across the London in Nov/Dec 2020.
7. Buzz by Nick Woodford, Matthew McGuinness, Jason Page (2019)
Location: Buzz is located at the north end of the Bermondsey Street Tunnel, close to the junction of Tooley Street.
Buzz is a substation transformation on the Low Line walking route, celebrating the food culture of London Bridge in vision and sound.
The vibrant 4-sided mural, created by artists Nick Woodford, Matthew McGuiness and Jason Page, evokes the flavours and sounds of neighbouring restaurants and bars; including Pizza Pilgrims, Honest Burgers, Comptoir Libanais and Nine Lives. Wrapped around the facade of a formerly derelict substation, it is both generated by and reflective of the drinks and dishes at the heart of local livelihoods.
“Chatting with local restaurateurs, we saw a strong theme emerge around their journeys of food discovery. As we developed this exciting project in collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture and Team London Bridge, the substation offered us the opportunity to capture and share these from a new creative perspective – a canvas from which to transmit a sense of the audible energy behind the diverse local food culture.” Nick Woodford.
Commissioned by Team London Bridge in partnership with London Festival of Architecture, Network Rail and UK Power Networks.
While studying architecture at Central Saint Martins, Nick launched the Peckham Coal Line, bringing local residents together to adopt and connect unused open spaces to form a public linear park. Nick has also worked at Knox Bhavan Architects, ASSEMBLE architects and the Peabody Trust. Before architecture, Nick was a travel writer and photographer.
Matthew is a New York-born artist and designer and was a founding member of The Visual Mafia and The 62. After moving his studio to London, he founded the Gourmandizing London project. This collective came together during Matt’s personal experience as a head chef and connects art and cooking with South London communities.
Jason Page, Founder – South East Salon
Jason activates spaces, connects people and produces South East Salon, a physical network that celebrates South East London and connects creativity and enterprise with resources in exciting spaces.
Connections Buzz is one of several projects Team London Bridge has delivered along the Low Line; a walking destination for London spanning the Victorian rail viaducts through Bankside,
London Bridge and Bermondsey. You can also experience the Musicity sound tour of the Low_Line.
8. Bermondsey Street Tunnel Lights by Southwark Council Engineers (2009)
Location: This railway tunnel spans Bermondsey Street from Tooley Street to St Thomas Street and the junction with Crucifix Lane where Fully Charged is located.
The Bermondsey Street Tunnel creative lighting system has the capacity to display up to 16 million colours and can be programmed to show almost any conceivable combination of them. This means that themed illuminations for every kind of festival, event and celebration can be created.
The lighting is energy efficient, consuming 40 per cent less power than the previous equipment installed in the tunnel, whilst still providing more light.
Commissioned and designed by Southwark Council.
Connections The work formed part of the Light at the End of the Tunnel programme (2002-2012), which upgraded tunnels across North Southwark and North Lambeth by making them clean, safe and well illuminated.
Other local lighting artworks include the Illuminated River design by Leo Villareal for London Bridge itself, visible after dark, and Thomas Heatherwick’s Boiler Suit building wrap at Guy’s Hospital on Great Maze Pond.
9 ODE by Trinity Tristan on Holyrood Street (2018)
Ode is a public artwork to enliven the middle of Holyrood Street which runs parallel to the Bermondsey Street Tunnel. The piece sits opposite Nine Lives Bar.
Trinity maintains her artistic practice as a sense of narrative, reflection, and escapism. Her ode’s to an ‘Anywhere but here’ mentality that removes her from her own existence and places her among an abstract sense of beauty and drama.
Commissioned by Team London Bridge, Sweet and Chilli and Southwark Council.
Trinity Tristan is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, costume designer, and director. Her artwork spans, paint, collage, sewing, 3D printing, screen print, sculpture, body prints, lenticular prints and the written word. In her early 20’s she went through gender reassignment. Through this, she became fascinated by the attributable traits of trans fluidity. Her work has been showcased by the likes of The Saatchi Gallery and published in books and publications such as Gasp.
10. Soglio by Nigel Hall RA (2008)
The central form of Soglio penetrates the circumference and creates a stabilising keel, which establishes its verticality.
Soglio is named for the mountain village of Soglio, high above the valley of the Bergen in Switzerland near the Italian border. It’s a place Nigel has visited and drawn many times. He has made a number of works that refer to Soglio, ranging in size from the smallest at 10cm, to one at five-and-a-half meters in diameter which is sited at Schoenthal Monastery near Basel.
Originally commissioned by Southwark Council for its premises on Bermondsey Street.
Nigel Hall is one of Britain’s most distinguished sculptors. He has had many exhibitions around the world and has been widely collected. A solo exhibition of his work was held at the Royal Academy in 2011.
Nigel Hall’s works, principally made of polished wood or steel, are concerned with three-dimensional space, mass and line. He is equally interested in the places his sculptures occupy.
11. The Shared by Austin Emery (2014)
Location: The Shared is located on Carmarthen Place, just off Bermondsey Street and accessed through an archway adjacent to Chapter 72. Another near neighbour and landmark, on Bermondsey Street, is the beautiful and distinctive Fashion and Textiles Museum.
The Shared stands within sight of The Shard. This tall pyramid-shaped structure is the work of sculptor Austin Emery and local residents who, in 2012, took part in on-site sculpting workshops. Using professional carving tools, the people of Bermondsey were able to create their own pieces of unique artwork.
Austin pieced together each individual sculpture adding his own touches here and there but the work that each individual contributed was untouched. The Shared is the culmination of the differences that exist in such a diverse city as London and, in particular, the community of Bermondsey. It is made from Portland and Bath stones, as well as pieces salvaged from historic London buildings such as Westminster Abbey and London Bridge Station.
“… the beauty is in the rawness of the differences between people.” Austin Emery
Commissioned and sponsored by Leathermarket Community Sculpture, Southwark Council, Team London Bridge, Bermondsey Square and Community First.
Austin Emery was born in Canada and was a Bermondsey resident working closely with the community for over 10 years. His contemporary art is heavily influenced by his years spent as a stonemason, where he developed an appreciation for permanent, enduring forms. He works with the ‘social fabric’ of people, materials and space to create public art, telling stories stitched together with stone, which is often reclaimed and recycled, reinvigorating history and creating fresh heritage.
The unveiling of The Shared, in 2014, was performed by Bermondsey resident and Royal Academician Norman Ackroyd, and the cover that he pulled off the sculpture was made of prints by Zandra Rhodes, founder of The Fashion and Textiles Museum. Coincidentally, they both graduated from the Royal College of Art on the same day.
Zandra Rhodes worked with Joe Swift to design the Greenwood Pocket Gardens on Weston Street and Snowfields by London Bridge Station.
12. Cornerstone by Austin Emery (2020)
Location: Recently arrived in Tanner Street Park, next to Bermondsey Street, Cornerstone is located a little south of its sister sculpture, The Shared, and just north of Eames Fine Art Print Rooms and the White Cube gallery.
Cornerstone is a community sculpture. It is assembled from over 100 stone carvings created by children and adult participants from the Whites Grounds Estate, Bermondsey Street, during free and open sculpture workshops. It also incorporates stone fragments of historic London including Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and even bones from the River Thames. The community sculpture project was conceived by Austin Emery in answer to the need for more resident-led engagement initiatives. He and the workshop participants used the process of stone carving to bring people from all walks of life together to create something long-lasting for their neighbourhood.
‘Working together, making a stone landmark, transforming the material, the space, ourselves and each other… our physical and social reality.’ Austin Emery
Supported by BermondseyStreet.London in collaboration with Southwark Council and The Mayor of London, LEAP, MSM, PAYE and Team London Bridge.
Connections: This project follows the success of The Shared an award-winning sculpture (just up the road) that was created through a similar process by Austin Emery.
13. Eye on the Road by Helen Marshall, The People’s Picture (2016)
Eye on the Road is the work of digital artist Helen Marshall of the People’s Picture, working collaboratively with the Southwark local history service and local photographers. The giant photo mural is made up of 1,955 images reflecting the local history and present-day activities in and around Tower Bridge Road.
“The artwork was composed of many photographs, in particular those of portraits of people who live and work in the area. These present-day portraits are juxtaposed with faces of history, kindly gathered and lent by Southwark Council’s heritage department.” Helen Marshall
The piece was jointly commissioned by Southwark Council and the local business association, the Tower Bridge Road Alliance, as part of a council initiative to boost local high streets.
Helen Marshall is an award-winning visual artist based in London. Her practice is rooted in photography, storytelling and new technology, often situated outside the gallery or museum. She set up The People’s Picture in 2016, an artist-led design studio delivering giant photo mosaic commissions in the public realm. The People’s Picture combines thousands of photographs to tell a story, commemorate an important occasion or bring attention to important social issues. Her portfolio includes exhibitions for The Horniman Museum, Tate Britain, and The Photographers’ Gallery.
Connections In 2020, Helen Marshall and The People’s Picture created Rainbows for the NHS, a giant interactive ‘mosaic of hope’, made up of thousands of pictures and stories, submitted to the People’s Picture during the COVID-19 pandemic.