Camille Walala’s mural will stay at Canary Wharf
East London artist Camille Walala has stamped her mark on Canary Wharf.
The artist’s captivating transformation of Adams Plaza Bridge becomes the latest addition to the Estate’s permanent public art collection
After transforming Adams Plaza Bridge bridge into a highlight for the inaugural London Mural Festival, Walala will now feature as one of over 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen whose work permanently decorates Canary Wharf.
The hypnotic design sees Adams Plaza Bridge wrapped in bold geometric shapes and colours. Visitors’ perceptions of the piece will change throughout the day, as daylight and darkness seeps through to alter the visuals inside the structure. Inspired by the architectural details of the striking bridge, Walala’s vision used the tunnel-like form as a canvas to transform the space into an eye-catching backdrop.
The French artist deploys her signature style of bright colours, innovative silhouettes, and patterns that pop.
My first bridge
Camille said: “East London means so much to me. I have lived here for over 20 years and my project in Shoreditch launched my career. I’m so happy I could put my own stamp on the iconic Canary Wharf.
“This is also my first bridge! Adams Plaza Bridge is a fascinating structure, so I wanted to use what was there as a canvas. The architecture of the long tunnel-like bridge is really inspiring, and I wanted to accentuate the feeling of this exaggerated perspective. The palette and patterns create a sense of movement and surprise. I hope it brings a smile to all of the people that will pass it every day.”
Lucie Moore, head of arts and events with Canary Wharf Group, said: “We’re thrilled to introduce artwork from one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists into our ever-growing permanent art collection. It’s an ambitious install and never has the bridge been brought to life in such a way before. We hope visitors are inspired as they visit Canary Wharf with friends, family and co-workers.”