The Artist’s Garden opens on 6th October 2021 and runs to 30th April 2022, roof terrace above Temple Underground Station.
For the first time since it was built in 1870 by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the vast undiscovered half-acre roof terrace on top of Temple Underground Station between the Thames and the Strand is coming to life as The Artist’s Garden.
with a co-commission by 180 Studios and in partnership with Westminster City Council
Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground by
6 October 2021 – 30 April 2022
theCoLAB Temple has worked for four years to make The Artist’s Garden a reality and is delighted to announce that the inaugural intervention, a co-commission with 180 Studios and in partnership with Westminster City Council, is by London based artist Lakwena Maciver, internationally renowned for her joy-inducing palette, dynamic designs and profound, succinct messages.
Artist Lakwena Maciver
Her intensely coloured, geometric forms for the roof of Temple Station will create expansive and immersive floor scapes over which the public is invited to wander, absorbing the positive dynamism of the Paradise she has created (visualization above).
The 1,400 sqm Temple Station roof terrace is a secret place unknown to all but the few Londoners who can see it from their elevated places of work, or who descend from nearby building sites for lunch.
Invisible from the street, it is reached by well-worn steps with foreboding gates at the top of which a massive space opens up with the tops of the trees at eye level, crowned by the sky. It offers spectacular views across the River Thames towards the South Bank opposite.
Press view with photocall and filming opportunity
When – Wednesday 6th October, 10am – 1pm
Where – Temple Underground Station Roof Terrace – access via steps on Temple Place, postcode WC2R 2PH. Take left out of Temple Tube station, go up the stairs, left onto Temple Place and first left up the steps. If coming from Embankment peel up left onto Temple Place take steps up to the roof by the Cabman’s Shelter.
What – Artist Lakwena and Claire Mander from theCoLAB Temple will be available for photos and interviews
How – Please RSVP to Tracy Jones, Brera PR – [email protected] / 01702 216658 / 07887 514984 – if you would like to attend