Paddington Square Public Arts Programme
20 December 2021
Paddington Square will unveil a new major public arts programme in 2022.
The programme will see three internationally renowned artists, Ugo Rondinone, Pae White and Catherine Yaas make their public art debuts in London.
A huge 5 metre bronze statue by Ugo Rondinone will provide a striking new focal point to the millions of visitors travelling between Praed Street and Paddington Station. Ugo Rondinone is known for his eye-catching Seven Magic Mountains installation in the Las Vegas desert.
Pae White, an American multimedia artist with a focus on ephemeral forms, will suspend a large experiential installation over four levels of shops and restaurants both above and below ground. The artwork will open out on to the new public piazza and frame the entrance to Renzo Piano’s new workspace.
Recognised for her photographic and film based work, London based artist Catherine Yaas will bring a collaborative photographic installation featuring and celebrating NHS workers, to a 24 metre long wall which is part of St. Mary’s Hospital, on the Tanner Lane side of Paddington Square.
The programme will also see the creation of a new series of collaborative wall murals on Tanner Lane situated between St. Mary’s Hospital and Paddington Square. The commissioned murals will be in-situ for one year at a time, providing a rotational site for temporary public artworks each responding to the over arching them ‘care’. Paddington Square partnered with ‘The Showroom’ a contemporary art space, to provide this part of the programme and Kathrin Böhm will launch the series in 2022, Rhea Dillon in 2023 and Long Distance Press in 2024.
The public art programme at Paddington Square has been led by Sellar and London based curational agency Lacuna, with the aim of delivering a diverse and dynamic arts programme for the public and community to enjoy.
The Paddington Square arts programme will also mark the inauguration of an open air Paddington Art Walk, which will create an inclusive body of artwork in Paddington.
Paddington Square is due to open in 2022.