Greenwich Peninsula, the new creative corner of London, unveils Quick Tide; a striking art installation by Argentinian-Spanish visual artist Felipe Pantone.
Despite his elusive persona, Pantone has built a significant following through placing his instantly recognisable stamp across the globe everywhere from the Monaco F1 Grand Prix racetrack with Alpine to exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. For his first ever UK installation, the artist depicts the stylistic collision between an analog past and a digitised future, with a dynamically colourful installation that swathes the elevated facades of The Tide in colour, the neighbourhood’s riverside destination for recreation, culture, and wellness.
In situ from today, and free to visit, Quick Tide draws audiences up the layers of The Tide, transforming the elevated walkway into a playful journey that takes the visitor from Peninsula Square to the Thames Path. Taking inspiration from Pantone’s previous work Subtractive Variability, which explores how the displacement of the light spectrum impacts colour, Quick Tide incorporates a mixture of vinyl to transform the angular shapes of the Tide. Visible from both the upper and ground level, the artwork provides unique perspectives and experiences depending on the time of day and viewers’ location.
With a continuous ambition to transform its prominent architectural archways and public realm into new inspiring and creative environments, Greenwich Peninsula regularly invites leaders within the visual art sector to re-imagine the space. Tasked with using the dynamic and angular shapes of The Tide as a canvas the artists create engaging settings within which visitors can forge connections and create memories.
Kaia Charles, Senior Cultural Projects Manager at Greenwich Peninsula comments “Felipe’s use of colour, shapes and his dynamic perception on the use of space will transform The Tide into a cultural and artistic spectacle. As a community-first destination, it’s vital for us to tap into creative talent that pushes boundaries and ignites culturally relevant conversations and Felipe’s work speaks volumes.”
Felipe Pantone, the artist behind the installation, adds “The idea of space being static and time being dynamic is a mould I want to steer away from, that’s why my work aims to encourage the concept that everything individual still flows together. It’s important that individuals interact with outdoor surroundings, and with each other, to form a new perspective.”
Following a landmark year that saw Greenwich Peninsula open its doors to Design District, the city’s first permanent home for the creative industries, Felipe Pantone is the next artist to activate on The Tide, a series which has seen some of the world’s most illustrious creatives, including Yinka Ilori and Liz West, reimagine the community space. Quick Tide will also mark the neighbourhood’s summer programme, which kicks off with Joy Yamusangie’s ‘Feeling Good’ exhibition, opening from 24th March – 5th June at NOW Gallery, the Peninsula’s progressive on-site art gallery.
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Photo credit: Matt Alexander