Colour, art and connecting with the outdoors are some of our favourite things here at KANKAN. Given the changes of the world, the open air installations on offer are in abundance. We share our top London picks to enjoy this summer.
The Line is a public sculpture trail in the East End, running between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the waterways and the line of the Greenwich Meridian covering a distance of around 4.8 miles. It includes works by Anthony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Richard Wilson and Gary Hume. It illuminates an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free. Download the map
The Conservatory This one is still on our to do list, did you know the Barbican has the 2nd biggest conservatory in London? It is free to visit but there is select availability (tickets released a week in advance) so it's a hot ticket to get your hands on.
Discover more world-class public art in the Square Mile, the City’s insurance district. This one rotates each year, for the 10th edition of Sculpture in the City Jun T. Lai created Bloom Paradise to symbolize hope and love. The artist’s intention was to bring greater positivity into the pandemic stricken world and release healing energy. This artwork reflects the contemporary global cultural value of diversity and heterogeneity. Download the map
Last year London had its first ever mural festival, with over 200 participants from around the world creating over 75 large scale murals, check out the map here there is a feast to enjoy! Want an uplifting edit? This article showcases an upbeat selection of murals about town. And if you just wanted one pick ours would be Jo Hick’s (Hixxy) bold, nature-inspired work at Ballymore’s Brentford Project, it gives a vibrant face to all elevations of a tired multi-storey car park.
12 public art projects span the neighbourhoods of Mayfair and Belgravia, forming a walkable route named the Wander Art Trail.‘Urban Jungle’ in Mayfair features bold, vibrant work by the likes of Yinka Ilori and Fernando Laposse. Laposse’s playful Wild Lights sees colourful sloths dangling from the pillared entrance to the Mercato Mayfair. On view until the end of June.
Dalston curve garden is one special spot in our neighbourhood, a vitally needed public green space in the heart of one of the most built-up areas of London. Open 7 days a week it's a community gathering place.
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