Beech Street Tunnel, London, London, United Kingdom
Artist Jason Bruges has created Brutalist Tapestry, a monumental kinetic installation in Beech Street tunnel. The work translates imagery, video, sound and binary data into tangible marks, bringing a new cultural connection to the tunnel.
Inspired by the Barbican Estate’s hand-crafted concrete texture, this marks the beginning of Culture Mile’s long-term ambition to transform the Beech Street tunnel.
As a reflection of the tools and workers that crafted the textured walls of the building above, the installation uses robotic technology to mechanically reshape the surface of a 21 metre facade in the tunnel. The artwork signifies a new period of change and prompts pedestrians to consider future possibilities for this environment.
Brutalist Tapestry was commissioned by Culture Mile, a transformational initiative that will create a vibrant cultural area in the north-west corner of the City over the next 10 – 15 years. Led by the City of London Corporation and core partners the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, Culture Mile stretches just under a mile from Farringdon to Moorgate, and has creative exchange, cultural collaboration and learning at its core in an area where 2,000 years of history collide with the world’s best in culture.