Barnet Council, in collaboration with Related Argent, revealed a striking 250 sq metre architectural frieze by acclaimed artist Giles Round at the upcoming Brent Cross West station on November 28.
This significant artwork coincides with Barnet’s candidacy for Borough of Culture 2027, contributing to the region’s cultural identity and marking a noteworthy addition to the area’s artistic landscape.
Councillor Ammar Naqvi, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Arts and Sports at Barnet Council, said: “High profile artworks like the latest frieze by Giles Round at Brent Cross West help to showcase how we are building Barnet as a cultural destination. Our commitment to bid to become London’s Borough of Culture is about identifying and amplifying the amazing cultural offerings we already have here in Barnet, and about attracting artists, musicians and other cultural contributors to come here.”
Within Brent Cross Town, one of Europe’s largest net-zero urban regeneration projects the freize is located at the station’s impressive eastern entrance and connects to Copper Square, the centre of the new business and innovation district.
Morwenna Hall, Partner at Related Argent, commented: “This is an exciting day to unveil a major piece of public art which is part of the new Brent Cross West station. We are committed to delivering arts and culture from the very beginning of the development for the local community to enjoy. The new station is an important part of Brent Cross Town which enhances sustainable connectivity for local residents and anchors the new business and innovation district.”
Giles Round’s artwork, titled “Time passes & still I think of you,” is a heartfelt dedication to his late mother, Margaret Round, who once worked at Brent Cross shopping centre. The piece intertwines personal memories with reflections on the significance of place in shaping identity. Exploring the connection between buildings and the landscapes of our lives, the artwork stands as a tender monument, expressing themes of love, loss, and hope.
Giles Round, the artist, said: “The work is a monument to love. It is for everyone, in particular, all we have lost.”
Phoebe Greenwood, the curator, said: “Giles Round is one of the UK’s most important artists with significant permanent public artworks across the country. Art, Round believes, has a critical place alongside architecture and design in creating organisations and environments to help us live well. The artist’s commitment to the civic and their unique relationship to the location has brought something profoundly personal into this new public space. This is a vibrant artwork. Bright colour, bold geometry, scale, beauty, pleasure – these are important elements the artist enjoys working with.”
Scheduled to open on December 10, 2023, Brent Cross West is London’s latest mainline station, offering Thameslink trains with a swift 12-minute connection to central London. The station serves as the gateway to Brent Cross Town, facilitated by a new overbridge that reconnects communities on both sides of the Midland Main Line after more than 150 years. This development significantly enhances accessibility and facilitates easier movement within the area.