Two pedestrian crossings on South African Road and Wood Lane in Shepherd’s Bush have been uniquely designed by French artist Camille Walala.
Along with seven murals they make up a major public artwork called ‘Les Jumeaux’ (‘The Twins’), and can be recognised by Walala’s signature use of geometric patterns and primary colours.
The murals adorn the façade of the WestWorks building. With a right turn out of both Wood Lane and White City underground stations, passers-by and visitors are led by the artwork directly to White City Place which, along with the neighbouring Television Centre, has undergone extensive redevelopment.
Camille Walala says she draws inspiration from the strong functional shapes that can be found on the facades of buildings. ‘Les Jumeaux’ aims to bring new life to White City with the use of vibrant colours and visually arresting patterns, connecting Walala’s distinctive style with the architectural history of the area.
Commissioned by Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and Aimco, ‘Les Jumeaux’ is Walala’s first major public outdoor artwork in West London and is part of White City Place’s wider cultural programme. Walala’s artwork follows international design duo Craig & Karl’s colourful transformation of a disused petrol station on Wood Lane, and Richard Wood’s ‘Holiday Home’ in Television Centre.
Camille Walala, said, “This was a really exciting commission because I got to explore the area so much more than I have in the past, and bring colourful, joyful patterns to this part of London. I like when my projects begin with this element of curiosity. I was inspired by the rich architectural details and began working in my sketchbook, making drawings and collages, which grew into the bigger scale installation. It's a balancing process to find happy accidents along the way while keeping the style simple and bold.”
David Camp, Stanhope of Stanhope added, “Camille Walala’s designs are an exciting addition to the evolving cultural offering of White City. This artwork is a main feature in our wider art programme and ensures White City Place is making its mark as one of London’s emerging cultural districts, and a destination in its own right.”
August 17, 2020