5 January 2012

Sculpture Goes Interactive in new Canary Wharf Art Exhibition

Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf, London
Monday 9 January – Friday 2 March 2012

The art world’s latest interpretation of the global craze for touch-based technology has arrived in London, with an impressive new exhibition set to be unveiled in Canary Wharf on 9 January.

‘Marbles’, a new interactive artwork by Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde, recent winner of the prestigious Design for Asia Award, features eight spectacular glowing forms which come alive upon human touch, using sound and colour to communicate to people in the vicinity and to each other. The exhibition runs until 2 March 2012 in Jubilee Park, on top of the Canary Wharf Jubilee Line Station.

Keith Watson from Canary Wharf Group, which curates an award-winning public art collection and programme, said “Roosegarde’s Marbles reflects the demise of traditional childhood games, such as marbles, and the current obsession with interactive technology, questioning how it can be used in a more social manner.”

“This shows how art reflects, and often spearheads, the recent rapid change in interactive technology. We can expect to see more of this in future, not only at Canary Wharf, but around the world.”

As dusk falls, the park will come alive with Roosegaarde’s Marbles, their glowing forms, complementing the spectacular London Ice Sculpting Festival taking place at Canary Wharf on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 January 2012.

Marbles is part of Canary Wharf Group’s annual Winter Lights exhibition, where artists and designers using light and occasionally sound have literally lit up the dark days of winter. It follows last winter’s bit.fall by German artist Julius Popp, another breathtaking artwork using technology and digital media, which produced an ever-changing cascade of words derived from a live newsfeed, a wall of water falling into Middle Dock in Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf Group recently launched Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions, a beautiful commemorative book celebrating a decade of Canary Wharf’s award-winning exhibition programme.


For further information or images, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Caroline Parrish
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075

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About Daan Roosegaarde
Artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde (born 1979) explores the dawn of a new nature that is evolving from technological innovations by creating interactive landscapes that instinctively respond to sound and movement. Roosegaarde’s remarkable works of art function as a documentation of the dynamic relation between architecture, people, and technology.

His sculptures, such as ‘Dune’ and ‘Intimacy’, are tactile high-tech environments in which viewer and space become one. This connection, established between ideology and technology, results in what Roosegaarde calls “techno-poetry”.

In 2009, Roosegaarde won the Dutch Design Award. He has been the focus of exhibitions at Tate Modern, the National Museum in Tokyo, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and various public spaces in Rotterdam and Hong Kong. In December 2011 Roosegaarde was winner of the Design for Asia Award.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group 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 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year.
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. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme

Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and year-round exhibitions by leading artists, all free to view.

In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, beating entries from around the world.

Canary Wharf’s permanent collection now numbers over 60 works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. Among these are a lighting installation by Martin Richman, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw and photographic lightboxes by Catherine Yass. An illustrated Art Map is available showing the locations for the works of art found throughout the Estate.

The ‘Sculpture in the Workplace’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park has just celebrated its 10th anniversary with the publication of ‘Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions’. Curated for CWG by Ann Elliott, the programme during that period has shown over 50 exhibitions in which 132 artists have participated, from internationally known sculptors such as Lynn Chadwick; Phillip King CBE PPRA, Dan Graham and Franz West; Royal Academicians Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine, David Nash; and Wendy Taylor CBE to younger artists at the start of their careers. The exhibits have included sculpture in traditional media like bronze and stone, to digital media.

The programme for 2012 includes Sir Anthony Caro OM, Edward Allington RA, Judith Cowan and Carol McNicoll.