Celebrated British artist Liz West, who has gained a reputation for creating a series of striking colour-drenched light installations, will transform this historic Grade I listed building with her luminous artwork. West’s work investigates the relationship between colour and light to realise intense compositions in diverse and unique architectural spaces.
In the video below Liz West talks about her art installation.
The exhibition is part of a wider initiative to open up the space to the public before it undergoes a £5m repair and restoration programme starting later this year. Grosvenor plans to redevelop this West End landmark heritage building to create a new retail, restaurant and community hub. The building will provide a meeting space for the community as well as 14,500 sq ft of shops and restaurants when it reopens to the public in late 2017.
Liz West, artist, said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to exhibit my site-specific work “Our Colour Reflection” within the beautiful architecture of St Mark’s in London. Our Colour Reflection creates a conversation between the viewer and the setting using more than 765 mirrors made of coloured acrylic. There are 15 colours in all and the mirrors with diameters of 30, 40, 50 and 60cm are set at different heights so that they reflect up onto the architecture and reveal parts of the building that would otherwise be invisible, projecting colour up into the historic interior.”
Will Bax, Placemaking Director, London estate at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the public to see inside one of the West End’s most historic buildings and a chance to enjoy the work of a renowned British artist. We are looking forward to seeing how Liz’s work showcases the building’s beautiful architecture and striking features for all to appreciate.
“North Mayfair is currently undergoing a major transformation. Through our investment and community initiatives, we are re-establishing Mayfair as a creative district and reigniting its longstanding association with the arts. We are delighted to be working with such an exciting young artist and look forward to welcoming the public inside this landmark building.”
The investment in St Mark’s is part of Grosvenor’s long-term transformation of North Mayfair. Recent improvements include converting a Grade II-listed carpark into the Beaumont hotel, run by pre-eminent London restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. The hotel features “Room”, a three-storey habitable sculpture by renowned artist Anthony Gormley, which protrudes from the façade of the building. At the rear of St Mark’s, Grosvenor turned the roof above an electricity substation into the award-winning Brown Hart Gardens, a raised 10,000 sq ft piazza with a water feature and 50-seater café.
At nearby Grosvenor Hill, Grosvenor is re-imagining this location as an arts quarter. It is now home to the new Gagosian Gallery as well as fashion-forward brand Chalayan, which opened its debut store here last year.
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Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland creates and manages high-quality neighbourhoods across the UK and Ireland. The company’s diverse property development, management and investment portfolio includes Grosvenor’s London estate, comprising 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia, in which it has a £1bn planned investment programme. Other developments include Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Southampton and elsewhere in London. As at 31 December 2015, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had £5.7bn of assets under management.
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland is part of Grosvenor Group, a privately owned property group active in some of the world’s most dynamic cities.
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