Diamonds and Circles, works in situ, by Daniel Buren

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Diamonds and Circles, works in situ, by Daniel Buren

A new permanent commission for Tottenham Court Road station in London to open 3 July 2017.

Diamonds and Circles, works in situ, by Daniel Buren

‘Diamonds and Circles’ works ‘in situ’ is the first permanent public commission in the UK by the acclaimed French artist, Daniel Buren. The artwork transforms Tottenham Court Road station with Buren’s signature geometric patterns across the vast central ticket hall and multiple station entrances.

Buren’s designs play with simple concepts; shapes, colours and stripes. Buren has created a colourful series of large-scale diamond and circle shapes fixed to the station’s internal glass walls. 2.3m in height and diameter, the diamond and circle shapes repeat through the space. A cabinet containing the ‘parents’ of the forms in three dimensions is installed in a vitrine inside the ticket hall.

Daniel Buren is largely considered France’s greatest living artist and one of the most significant contributors to the conceptual art movement. His major public art interventions can be seen worldwide at locations including The Palais-Royal in Paris; Odaïba Bay, Tokyo and the Ministry of Labour, Berlin. This is his first permanent public commission in the UK offering millions of Tube users and wider public a unique chance to enjoy a world-class piece of contemporary art.

Daniel Buren has commented: “A public work is interesting for me because you can develop the place, the people who use the space, and connections between all of these things… Museums attract only a portion of the population. The public in the Tube station is everyone, and there is a constant flux of people running both ways. I want to offer them a beautiful bubble of oxygen for the spirit.”

Image above: Photo-souvenir: Daniel Buren The Big Wall, Up and Down, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, Yellow, in "Diamonds and Circles", permanent work in situ, 2008-2016. Detail © DB-ADAGP Paris / Photo: Thierry Bal

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