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Big Bertha

Deadline: November 28, 2008

Westfield Shoppingtowns Limited is developing the largest retail-led, mixed-use urban regeneration project ever undertaken in the United Kingdom. Situated adjacent to the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the development will create a new metropolitan centre for East London. Big Bertha is the name of the tunneling equipment used to connect St Pancras to Stratford International Station. Westfield wishes to celebrate Big Bertha’s function and form by inviting artists to create sculptural seating with disassembled pieces of equipment. The artwork will be sited by the International Station and applicants should consider how the artwork will integrate with the landscaping and surrounding architecture.

Westfield has allowed a budget of UKP140,000 + VAT for the realization of the commission. A steering group within Westfield will oversee the selection process, advised by their public art coordinator. Five artists will be selected to take part in an open competition in response to this brief.

There is an expectation that the selected design will result in a work of art that is in harmony with, and integral to, the architecture enriching the visual and cultural experience for those that live, work, visit and experience Stratford City.

To register an expression of interest please send a CD and 1 hard copy including:

  •  A letter of application, which outlines why you are interested in this project, your experience of this type of work and how you would approach the commission. Max 1 page
  • Up to 3 examples of relevant work you have completed including descriptions and images (all images must be presented in a PowerPoint presentation). Please outline the costs and timescales of these projects. Max 1 page
  • Other supporting information – please limit to 8 images, 2 sides of A4 or equivalent.
  • Current CV
  • Details of two referees

To: Kate Ward, Public Art Coordinator, Westfield, MidCity Place, High Holborn, London, WC1V 6EA

Please note all submissions will be kept on file and will not be returned to the applicant.

For further information contact Kate Ward on 0207 0611863 or [email protected]

Full artists brief(379 KB)