Art on the Tideway: public artwork providing a prominent above-ground visual legacy London's new sewer system
Art might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the project to build London’s new super sewer. But the landscaping commissioned by Tideway provide a prominent above-ground visual legacy London's new sewer system in the form of thought-provoking works of public art.
The HEAPS Artwork Bench, designed by the contemporary English artist, Lucy Skaer, is one of more than 50 pieces have been commissioned – some, extensive artworks on the hoardings around our construction sites. Others, permanent works in bronze, stone and other materials, set to far outlive the lifespan of the project.
Heathwall Pumping Station (London Borough of Wandsworth)
Hyland Edgar Driver
Henriksen assisted the artist and the wider project team to develop the design and specification for the HEAPS Artwork Bench to help ensure that it would be realised as a safe and enduring fabrication of the artist’s work. Our responsibilities involved collaborating closely with the artist and fabricator to ensure that the Bench was durable, that all the materials satisfied the high standards set by the client, and that the idea on paper could become a long-lasting well-loved reality.
The essence of the art was Millefiore glasswork, created by Lucy Skaer and inspired by Huguenot silk patterns, incorporated into a coloured concrete matrix with a terrazzo-like finish. This innovative artwork seamlessly integrated lighting that would provide a colourful glow through the glass rods.
∙ HEAPS Artwork Bench and Kiosks