Tantra recorded a 24 hour time lapse sequence that showed the sunset and sunrise over the bridge. The palette echoes this study: blues and greys that work well during the daytime and purples and pinks that work well at night-time. Other inspiration for the colour scheme included research she has done on ‘English Dandyism’ - tailoring and suits of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - and tropical sunsets in Bali.
Sinta Tantra, Artist said: “Time and space forms a peculiar concept in our modern world today. There is the working day, our relationship to technology juxtaposed with the nature and universe at large. Through the use of colour, scale and geometry, I wanted to create a painting which engaged the viewer at different times of the day and different times of the year; a piece of work which made you think about the surrounding architecture, the natural landscape and how we as bodies move along, around, above and beneath.”
Sally Williams, public art consultant at Canary Wharf Group plc said: “This is a superb piece of art that reflects and enhances the surrounding architecture and environment. It has transformed a relatively ordinary looking rail bridge, which predates Canary Wharf, into something that befits the impressive setting. We are very pleased to have the painting finished in time for London 2012. I can’t praise Sinta Tantra, Serco and the team at Alfred Bagnall and Sons highly enough for what they have achieved. I encourage art-loving Londoners to come to Canary Wharf and take a look.”
Head of Development and Planning at DLR, Rob Niven, said: “We are pleased to be able to help with this project which has improved the public space and helps to highlight DLR’s key place in it. It is an excellent example of how public and private sector organisations can work together for the improvement of public areas.”
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