Monday 25 February 2013 – Media
Canary Wharf unveils A Table from the Sea’s Edge
Canary Wharf Group has unveiled the latest addition to its award-winning public art programme: A Table from the Sea’s Edge by Silas Birtwistle. The large conference table and 12 accompanying chairs, situated in Jubilee Place Shopping Mall in Canary Wharf, are made entirely of driftwood collected from four of the most beautiful corners of the earth – British Columbia, Belize, Tanzania and Borneo, and form part of an internationally-acclaimed art project raising awareness of environmental conservation and marine biodiversity.
Created during the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, some of the world’s most influential decision makers and high-profile politicians have been hosted at the table, critical environmental issues have been debated, and agreements signed and concluded. It was used as a platform at the historic UN summit on biodiversity in Japan, 2010, and has since travelled to the World Economic Forum in Davos, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Liverpool’s World Museum, The SouthBank Centre, and Save The Children International.
The table has seated the likes of Harrison Ford, Tony Blair, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, WWF Director General Jim Leape, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, the UN High-Level Group of Sustainable Energy for All, and Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo.
Now residing in Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Place, artist Silas Birtwistle is looking for a final resting place for his unique sculpture. Profits from the sale will go directly to the local communities, schools, businesses and NGOs who have been closely involved in the project. The installation tells the story of each of these communities and addresses the ethical issues of sustainable development and environmental awareness of the seas, oceans and coasts.
Commenting on the art work, John Garwood, Group Company Secretary at Canary Wharf Group says: “This is a beautiful and practical work of art that has some history behind it. We are proud to host it in Canary Wharf, not least because it provokes thought about what needs to be done to protect the natural environment.”
Those interested in purchasing A Table From The Sea’s Edge should contact the artist Silas Birtwistle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
A Table From The Sea’s Edge
Jubilee Place, 45 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY
For more information please see http://atablefromtheseasedge.com/
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
There are more than 240 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.
Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.
20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
For further information, please contact:
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075