February 24, 2021 - February 28, 2022
This walk starts at Tooley Street Triangle and ends at London Bridge Station.
Allow approximately 40 minutes.
1. Tooley Street Triangle by Charles Holland Architects (2020)
Location : Installed where Tooley Street and Dukes Street Hill meet the main entrance to London Bridge underground station and in front of London Bridge Hospital.
The Tooley Street Triangle is a striking landmark, a wayfinding installation – ‘the Beacon’, complete with a large floor map of the local area, and a new public meeting point.
This distinctive and colourful installation is designed by Charles Holland and is one of a series of projects that have emerged from Team London Bridge’s work with the London Festival of Architecture.
Historically, it has been confusing for visitors exiting the station and seeking the riverfront and its iconic bridges, or those walking along The Thames to find the way to transport services. The Tooley Street Triangle now helps people find their way and indicates pedestrian friendly routes.
Commissioned by Team London Bridge in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture (LFA).
Charles Holland Architects is an international architecture and design studio. Their work is multi-disciplinary in scope and includes buildings, exhibitions, public art and urban design as well as teaching and research.
2. Southwark Gateway Needle by Eric Parry Architects (1999)
Location: Walk up Duke’s Street Hill towards London Bridge, by Evans Cycles at the top of the hill.
The Southwark Gateway Needle is made of 25 specially shaped Portland stone blocks and sits at an angle of 19.5 degrees. It was designed by Eric Parry Architects as part of the Southwark Gateway Project. While excavating the foundations for the Needle two large granite blocks were unearthed which dated back to approximately 1826 and formed part of the John Rennie Bridge. These were incorporated into the project and were raised on stainless steel brackets to form a seating area.
Depending on who you speak to, the pointed obelisk represents either:
– a kind of memorial to those whose heads were placed on spikes above the gateway that once stood at the southern end of London Bridge, or, and more likely
– a marker that points across the Thames to Magnus the Martyr church, which marked the point where London Bridge was originally located.
Commissioned by Southwark Council as part of the Southwark Gateway project.
3. Me. Here. Now. by Mark Titchner (2018)
‘Only the first step is difficult / The distance means nothing / One foot in front of the other’
This work comprises three huge polished stainless-steel domes suspended from an arched ceiling reflecting the brickwork above and the movement of everyday life below. Printed with geometric designs and three succinct texts they offer a mantra to passers-by below.
“During the frantic activity of commuting, one’s thoughts tend to wander away from the ‘here and now’ and travel becomes the space between two destinations of the mind as well as the body.
“Although we’re surrounded by others, we remain separate, quietly alone with our thoughts, dreams and anxieties and this work seeks to address that by providing a space for self-reflection with our fellow travellers giving that mental space a physical form which unites us as individuals with those around us.” Mark Titchner
Commissioned by Network Rail as part of the re-development and transformation of London Bridge Station. Curated by Futurecity in collaboration with Network Rail.
Find out more about Mark Titchner here.
Connections: Stainer Street has a rich history. It was the one-time residence of famous poet John Keats, it was used for storage by the wine trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, and as a bomb shelter during World War Two. In recent times the street became neglected. The 168-metre street has now been fully restored with its original brickwork cleaned and repointed creating a wide, brightly-lit walkway for the local community and for visitors.
4 John Keats statue by Stuart Williamson (2007)
Location : A two-minute walk from Stainer Street. Walk through the station to St. Thomas Street and along to The Shangri-La hotel at The Shard.Turn left onto Great Maze Pond, take a right onto Collingwood Street and take a right up the stairs to find Guy’s Campus Colonnade and Keats is to the right.
The romantic poet is seated in an alcove, salvaged from the old London Bridge, which sits in the grounds of Kings College London.
The statue celebrates the life of the poet who trained as a surgeon-apothecary at Guy’s Hospital from 1815 –16. It was commissioned to commemorate the life of Dr Robert Knight, 1932 – 2005, who also trained and worked at Guy’s. The sculpture was unveiled by the then Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, who has written a biography of Keats.
“… sure a poet is a sage. A humanist, physician to all men.” Fall of Hyperion. A Dream by John Keats
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the Friends of Guy’s Hospital joined forces to commission the statue. The donation from the Friends included gifts from The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the Keats-Shelley Memorial Fund and many contributions made in memory of Dr Robert Knight.
Find out more about Stuart Williamson here.
5. Boiler Suit by Thomas Heatherwick (2007)
Boiler Suit is a unique facade encasing the boiler house which powers Guy’s Hospital. It is made up of 108 undulating tiles of woven stainless steel braid and is illuminated at night to provide a distinctive welcoming beacon for staff and visitors arriving at hospital in the dark.
Commissioned by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Funded by the Pool of London Partnership, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the Friends of Guy’s Hospital.
Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer who comes from a background immersed in materials and making. His prolific and varied work over two decades is characterised by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality. Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. He created the Olympic Cauldron for the Opening Ceremony of the games in London in 2012.
6. Boat by Daniel Silver (2016)
Location : Boat sits further along Great Maze Pond, towards Newcomen Street by Guy’s Cancer Centre.
Boat, a three-metre bronze sculpture that stands at the entrance to the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, is a response to the Roman boat (AD 190-225) buried almost five metres beneath the Cancer Centre and discovered in 1958.
The journey of the Roman boat through the archipelagos of medieval Southwark led Daniel to consider the links with our individual journeys through London and the wider world, and patient journeys both through the Cancer Centre and treatment. The depiction of a boat as a focal point and a welcome to the Centre seemed appropriate, positioned next to the road – docked mid-way on its journey.
Here the artist speaks about making the work.
Commissioned by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, funded by Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity. Curated by Futurecity.
Daniel Silver: The art of ancient Greece is particularly important to Daniel Silver and many of his recent works have evolved from the study of statues and busts in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Such objects possess a clarity of purpose largely lost to us but that would have been instantly familiar to their contemporary audiences. Silver sees them now as the products of making and re-making; by the original artist, by the weathering of time and by their re-presentation as a piece of history in a museum.
7. Hope Reveals the World by Mark Titchner (2020)
The way we experienced our shared spaces changed dramatically in 2020. 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. This was the first piece. This collaboration evolved Mark’s long relationship with the area and brings a focus to the dynamic cultural identity of London Bridge.
Commissioned by Team London Bridge.
Find out more about Mark Titchner here.
Connections: Titchner’s sculpture for the transformation of the station Me.Here.Now. can be seen in Stainer Street/London Bridge Station. His latest work, The Future Will Be Built from Today, is at Arthur’s Mission at 1 Melior Place.
A temporary pop-up poster campaign by Mark Titchner commissioned by Team London Bridge, in collaboration with the BUILDHOLLYWOOD family of Jack, Jack Arts and Diabolical, showcased four of the artist’s artworks on more than 50 billboards across London in Nov/Dec 2020.
8. Sunshine! by Andrew Logan (2019)
To help provide a fitting welcome to London Bridge, artist Andrew Logan was commissioned to create a sculpture that would provide a new temporary meeting point, and something that would brighten the day for commuters as they walked past.
Andrew was inspired to create Sunshine!, a glass mirrored sun that doubled up as a portable Information Centre. From June to September 2019, Sunshine! was positioned outside the station on Tooley Street, opposite More London Place. It encapsulated his enthusiasm to make people smile and is bold, fun and shiny in true Andrew Logan style. Sunshine! can now be seen in a new place – at Arthur’s Mission .
Commissioned by Team London Bridge in partnership with Unicorn Theatre and Network Rail.
Andrew Logan: Sculptor, jeweller, performance artist, trained architect, and founder of Alternative Miss World, Andrew Logan has ignored conventional boundaries to produce a body of work that delights us today. He challenges convention, mixes media and plays with our artistic values.
Find out more about Andrew Logan here.
A key figure in London’s cultural life, Andrew’s London Bridge journey has taken him from the pre-renovated warehouses of Butler’s Wharf, to a residence in the Glasshouse on Melior Place and on to Berriew where he established his museum of sculpture.
Connections: Artists and creative spirits began to settle in the London Bridge area in the early 1970s and their influence is clearly seen today. In those days, the abandoned warehouses of Butler’s Wharf and Bankside offered a haven for those needing cheap and often ad hoc space. Andrew Logan was an early pioneer, alongside his brother, the sculptor Peter Logan, film-maker and artist Derek Jarman, and the painter Tony Fry.
9. The Future Will be Built from Today by Mark Titchner (2021)
This vibrant piece created from aluminium and graphic elements is part of a series of works developed by the artist during 2020/1 to be placed around the London Bridge area to bring hope in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commissioned by Team London Bridge in partnership with Dinwiddie MacLaren Architects.
Mark Titchner: 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.
10. Stories from the Wasteland by Joe Rush (2019)
Location : Situated by Melior Street Gardens and London Bridge Station, and mounted high above the eclectic pop up Vinegar Yard, opposite a selection of fine eateries The Athenian, Savanna and Bob’s Lobster.
Stories from the Wasteland, an abandoned train carriage crawling with giant mechanical ants, is a large installation above Vinegar Yard. Arrivals on platform 15 of London Bridge Station get a fine view of this dystopian scene. The whole site was designed by Benj Scrimgeour, founder of Flat Iron Square and Vinegar Yard, and art by Joe Rush can be seen throughout the venue.
Commissioned by Benj Scrimgeour.
Joe Rush is a British artist best known for work with his underground sculpture and party outfit the Mutoid Waste Company. His mechanical, mutant and monumental works are made using scrap metal and discarded tools. A notable work is the Arcadia Spider at Glastonbury Festival. He has collaborated with Vivienne Westwood and the Rolling Stones, amongst others.
11. Meet by the heart by James Cochrane aka Jimmy C (2020)
Jimmy C has painted his heart designs all over the world. His colourful works symbolise hope and human connections and Meet by the Heart, a new meeting point for visitors and commuters, emphasises those themes. It is the first work by a street artist to be installed inside any Network Rail station.
Commissioned by Network Rail.
Jimmy C was born in England and grew up in Australia. He played a key role in the development of the underground graffiti movement during the early 1990’s. His interests in graffiti and oil painting converged, leading to the development of his signature aerosol pointillist style. Cochran now lives in London and his canvases and walls can be viewed in cities across the world.
Connections: Other local works by Jimmy C include his commemorative mural on Stoney Street, and a portrait of Shakespeare at Bankside, near the Globe Theatre.
Route and contents compiled by D. Davies