TRIBUTE | Joy & peace

Visiting London is always a pleasure. We always discover new amazing places or new exhibitions to visit like this one, installed both in a wall and in a garden. Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan have completed this two temporary art installations in London called " Joy & Peace". This public art project was commissioned by "Culture Mile", and is prominently sited in a major creative destination.

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The two-part project completed by Myerscough and Morgan consists of both a wall installation and a colorful stage at the heart of London. "Joy" grows out of the openings along a 97-meter wall of the brutalist Barbican center’s car park. In contrast, "Peace" is set in an underused historic garden with ancient trees and squirrels.

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The installation has transformed the garden into a social destination and stage for performances and activities. The formerly overlooked garden is now a center of "peace". Similarly, the colorful wall brings unexpected "joy" to passersby.

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"Joy & Peace" is a response to the fractious times we are all living. The artists wanted to make a piece of work that was full of positivity, hope, strength and the power to bring people together with joy in the heart of London.

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The colorful symbols were handpainted on plywood using neon colours. With help from a small team of painters from the studio in Hoxton, the installations were constructed using scaffolding on site. The scheme was led by the city of London corporation together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Museum of London.


For us, it's always a pleasure to bump into this freshness, colorful and peaceful temporary installations in which we can learn more about ourselves and the nearby environment.


ImagesGareth Gardner