Anne Hardy has started working on this new public art commission called Destination London. She was picked from a shortlist of artists from East London by the local committee, which includes London City Airport.
Destination London is part of a bigger project where the Line’s plans to create a public art walk from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the O2. The art commission will have a sequence of six images that will be made using the cameraless technique. These images will be produced from the natural foliage located around the airport, on the airfields, the original dockside, and the wild spaced around Bow Creek. She will also use exotic plant species that can be found in nearby urban gardens and allotments.
The aim of the project is to show the long history of London as a place of trade and travel by using the plants that have entered into the city for thousands of years.
Hardy says “The Thames connects us literally to past trade and the people who have travelled here over its surface. The surrounding landscape of tidal flows and post-industrial development forms a kind of archaeology in flux, which holds within it a parallel botanic universe of international plants. Many of these were brought here by people; for food and connection to home cultures, as well as for trade and botanic research”.
This art commission will be unveiled for all to see this summer. It will be located in the international arrivals corridor of London City Airport. Make sure you pop in and have a look if you can, we are sure it will be a beautiful display!
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A huge congratulations to London City Airport as it has been named the best Regional Airport of the Year at the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Amsterdam. The category looked to cover a sample of airports that provide aviation services for up to 10 million passengers per year.
The airport, located a short distance east from Canary wharf, which boasts being the 5th busiest airport in the UK for passenger and airport movement, has seen increased in passenger numbers of 18% to 4.3 million from 2014-2015.The organisers of the award have said they wanted to reward the the regional airport that has been the biggest standout strategically, and managed to establish itself as the most advanced in the aviation industry.
Peter Harbison, CAPA Executive Chairman said: “London City has overcome intensifying competition in the London area, as well as political obstacles. Despite these barriers it was one of the fastest growing UK airports in 2015 with a passenger growth rate three times the national average.”
Accepting the award, Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport said: “This award is the icing on the cake of what has been a momentous year for London City Airport. In July, the Government granted planning permission for an expansion programme that will transform the airport, creating additional capacity for the London airspace system, welcoming a new generation of aircraft that will open up new destinations, and accommodating 6.5m passengers per year by 2025, up from 4.5m today. I thank CAPA for its recognition and look forward to building on the success of 2016 in the months and years to come.”
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