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Camden celebrates new public work of art

Date uploaded: September 1, 2014

A new public artwork by Turner prize nominee, Mark Titchner, recently commissioned by Camden Council has now been installed at 5 Pancras Square. Camden has a rich history in supporting public art and believes that investing in it is an important part of its public service.

Mark Titchner used the historic motto of the Borough of Camden: “Non Sibi Sed Toti”, and translated it to mean: ‘Not for self but for all’. This motto has been reinterpreted for a new generation of communities across Camden. The text relates to the concept of self-governance and Camden’s responsibility to the wider community.

The installation lights up at night and acts as a beacon for the new community building. Different influences that Mark used for this design came from sacred geometry, Islamic design, Baroque art, Victoriana, and even the British Library and British Museum. These references reflect the history, future, and diversity of the borough.

The new building, including the art work, has been designed to offer something for everybody. It has been provided at no additional cost to Camden’s Council tax payers and is projected to provide the Council savings of £2.5 million a year, rising to £4.5 million. It will be one of the greenest buildings of its kind in the UK after achieving an “Outstanding” sustainable design rating.

For more information about the artist click here.

Image credit: John Shurrock

Image credit: John Shurrock