As strategists and curators of the Crossrail ‘Culture Line’, Futurecity are proud to work with Crossrail and Gagosian Gallery in announcing renowned international artists Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright for Tottenham Court Road Station. The ‘Culture Line’ partners world-class contemporary artists and galleries with Crossrail’s central London stations.

Renowned artists Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright have been commissioned to create large-scale artworks in Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station.

Douglas Gordon’s commission will be installed in the station’s western ticket hall in Dean Street, Soho. A series of three video screens will display images of people to evoke the history, culture and character of Soho. These images collectively form human compositions in a concept known as ‘Exquisite Corpse.’

Richard Wright’s commission will see gold-leaf hand-gilded onto the vast ceiling above the eastern ticket hall, next to the existing Tottenham Court Road London Underground station. It draws on the lightness and colour of the ticket hall architecture and the rapidly improving public areas around the station. The pattern, which echoes the tile patterns of historic underground stations, will appear to change, fading in and out, depending on the light and viewpoint.

Both artists’ concepts will be developed over the coming months, with imagery released in the New Year.

The commissions are lead-funded by Almacantar and the City of London Corporation and co-funded by Derwent London. Both artists are from Glasgow and had proposals selected by the Crossrail Art Advisory Board in consultation with Gagosian Gallery and Futurecity, station architects Hawkins/Brown and the funders.

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