Explosion of light and colour in Paddington Central, London

British artist Liz West explores again the interplay of color, light and reflection in “Colour transfer”, her latest artwork. The site opened last June and is located at Paddington Central, underneath the station’s Westway Bridge.


The artwork was commissioned by British Land and curated by Rosie Glenn for Paddington Central and is on permanent display.

This artwork uses a sequence of angled, colored mirrors on a steel, aluminium, and PVC structure that vertically span the underside of the bridge’s brickwork and “create an optical vibrant and kaleidoscopic installation”. The colours and shapes change depending on where the viewer is standing.

Overall, the mirrors are organized “in spectral arrangement running from dark red to pale pink when entering the underpass from the left and the opposite when entering from the right”.

With this project, West attempt at encouraging new ways of seeing and also to draw attention to the different aspects of architecture not particularly noticed immediately.

West is a Manchester-based artist who graduated from Glasgow School of art in 2007. West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. The artist aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour.


Photographs © Jason Bailey

For more information about this project and Liz West check out: http://www.liz-west.com/#/colour-transfer/


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