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Friday 21 August 2020 – Media Release

Captivated by Colour: Camille Walala Reimagines Adams Plaza Bridge, Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is set to welcome internationally renowned artist, Camille Walala, this September. Making her mark on one of London’s most iconic spaces, Walala will transform Adams Plaza Bridge into one of the highlights of the inaugural London Mural Festival.

The French artist, known for her bold colours, playful shapes and geometric patterns, is a breath of fresh creativity who brings joy and inspiration to those that view her work. Walala’s ability to impact the urban landscape is unrivalled – with large-scale installations that transform public spaces across the world, including Hong Kong, New York and Mauritius.

A resident of East London for over 20 years, Walala is the perfect match for Canary Wharf. The design will wrap Adams Plaza Bridge in enchanting geometric shapes and every aspect of the colour wheel. Inspired by the architectural details and pronounced perspective of the striking structure, Walala will use the tunnel-like bridge as a canvas to transform the space into a surprising and vibrant backdrop for visitors.

The installation is the perfect accompaniment to the existing green spaces and impressive skyline of the Canary Wharf estate. It will become cemented as part of Canary Wharf’s already impressive collection of public art, living beyond the duration of the London Mural Festival.

The inaugural London Mural Festival which will run through-out September will feature 150+ global artists who’ll paint 40+ large scale walls across the capital alongside a plethora of smaller activations.

London Mural Festival sets out to use London as a vast canvas celebrating creative communities across the world, whilst introducing a new way for people to experience one of the world’s biggest art movements.

Camille Walala, said: “East London means so much to me. I have lived here for over 20 years and my project in Shoreditch launched my career. Now I’m excited to put my own stamp on the iconic Canary Wharf.

This is my first bridge! Adams Plaza Bridge is a fascinating structure so I wanted to use what was there as a canvas. The architecture of the long tunnel-like bridge is really inspiring and I wanted to accentuate the feeling of this exaggerated perspective. The palette and patterns create a sense of movement and surprise. I hope it brings a smile to all of the people that will pass it every day.”

Lucie Moore, Head of Arts + Events, Canary Wharf Group, said: “We’re thrilled to have one of the world’s most inspiring artistic minds design this piece for Adams Plaza Bridge. It’s an ambitious install and never has the bridge been brought to life in such a way before. Camille Walala’s work is a fantastic addition to the Estate and we hope people enjoy it as they begin to reconnect with friends, family and co-workers at Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf is home to one of the UK’s largest collections of public art – an award-winning collection of over 75 artworks from 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen. For visitors making their way back onto the Estate, full social distancing measures have been put in place to make it accessible and safe.

For more information visit www.canarywharf.com

EVENT DETAILS:

1-30 September 2020*
Adams Plaza Bridge
Canary Wharf
London
E14
FREE

*as part of London Mural Festival; then a permanent feature of Canary Wharf’s public art collection

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166
E: pressoffice@canarywharf.com

Notes to Editors:

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group has overseen the largest urban regeneration project in Europe and is a fully integrated private real estate company that develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.7 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and 327 completed Build to Rent units.

The company’s current £3.8 billion development pipeline is composed of 1.0 million square feet of office/retail properties, and over 3,500 new homes: for sale, for rent, intermediate and affordable. It currently has 2.7 million square feet under construction today, and 2.5 million square feet in planning, with a further planning opportunity for North Quay of 3.8 million square feet for mixed use development.

Canary Wharf Group is an industry leader in sustainability including purchasing 100% renewable electricity for the Estate since 2012 and zero waste going to landfill from the managed Estate since 2009.

www.canarywharf.com
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Twitter: @YourCanaryWharf
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About Camille Walala

Born in France, based in East London and working worldwide, Camille Walala is an artist who takes joy seriously. Known for ambitious and large-scale interventions in public spaces from Mayfair to Mauritius, she uses the man-made landscape as a platform for disseminating positivity. Her work encompasses full-facade murals, immersive 3D installations, street art, interiors and set design – characterised by a fusion of bold colours and playful geometric patterns. Camille finds inspiration in community and collaboration, and the power or colour and pattern to transform atmospheres, elevate moods and spark positivity.

www.camillewalala.com
Instagram: @camillewalala

About London Mural Festival

London Mural Festival sets out to use London as a vast canvas celebrating creative communities across the world, whilst introducing a new way for people to experience one of the world’s biggest art movements.

The festival will showcase art from local, national and international talent. Current line-up with more artists to be announced: 1UP (Germany), Aches (Ireland), Adele Renault (Belgium), ATM (UK), Bonzai (UK), Camille Walala (France), Captain Kris (NZ), Chu (UK), Curtis Hylton (UK), Dale Grimshaw (UK), Fat Heat (Hungary), Fate (Japan), Faunagraphic (UK), Gary Stranger (UK), Hunto (Italy), Imaone (Japan), Insa (UK), Jan Kalab (Czech Republic), Jimmy C (Australia), Jo Hicks (UK), Lucy McLauchlan (UK), Mad C (Germany), Marija Tiurina (Lithuania), Mr.Cenz (UK), Mr.Dheo (Portugal), Luke Smile (UK), Mr.Penfold (UK), Mur0ne (Spain), My Dog Sighs (UK), Nerone (France), Otto Schade (Chile), Philth (UK), Pref (UK), Run (Italy), Seb Lester (UK),  Sr.X (Spain), Subset (Ireland), Suiko (Japan), The Real Dill (UK), Voyder (UK), Woskerski (Poland) and Zabou (France).

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