Whoosh - Public commission

David Moore, Kate Davis

Research output: Other contribution

Abstract

Date(s) of Output: 2008-10
Type of Output: Public commission
Location: Docklands Light Railway station at Langdon Park, London.
Other Details: Four Sculptures for award winning new station in London’s Docklands
Exhibiting artists: Kate Davis and David Moore

Public art Commission for DLR Station: Davis,K with Moore.D. Langdon Park Dockland Light Railway Station Langdon Park, London 2007-2010.
Langdon Park is comprised of three new permanent public artworks installed at Langdon Park DLR Station. Commissioned through DLR Art, these works extend London Transports tradition of prominent public art that reframes the DLR's identity as a cultural environment. It aims to match artworks with locations, communities and infrastructure, and in doing so, it enhances the experience of its passengers. Langdon Park is an expansive and ambitious work that displays a rigorous technical and conceptual understanding of how drawing and text can operate in space and how artworks in the public domain can respond equally to the architectural site as well as to the local community and commuters.
Whilst Langdon Park is seen by thousands of people daily, which will increase during the London 2012 Olympic Games as it is en route to the main London 2012 Olympic sites, it has an indelible reach into the local community. To exploit this connection, Davis investigated the history of the area looking at archival material in London Dockland Museum and conducted a series of workshops in the local community involving school children and the elderly. Davis invited Scottish artist David Moore to develop her findings.
Davis & Moore innovated a way to subtly incorporate a contemporary memorial within the work in order to celebrate those who campaigned for over 10 years for this station. Their names are engraved in the steel elements that make up the drawing in the pavement.
In 2008 Langdon Park Station was the Winner of the UK Best Regeneration Project Award at the British Construction Industry (BCI) awards and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building. Leading on from this In 2009 Davis & Moore were short-listed for the St John’s commission at Oxford University’s and in 2010 they secured a Vauxhall, Nine Elms Battersea Development public art commission.
Original languageEnglish
TypePublic art Commission for DLR Station: Davis,K with Moore.D. Langdon Park Dockland Light Railway Station Langdon Park, London 2007-2010.
PublisherLangdon Park
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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