Liz West's Colour Transfer Installation Creates a Prism Wall Near London's Paddington Station

PROJECT NAME Colour Transfer
LOCATION London
FIRM Liz West

Three years after studying sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art, Liz West found herself working a day job in event security. “But I had a hunger to create again,” she recalls. After a flurry of applications, West landed a solo show at Blankspace, a gallery in Manchester, U.K., showcasing work that is site-specific, immersive, and light-based. Since then, her temporary installations, such as Our Colour Reflection, composed of 765 acrylic mirrors placed in a former church, have garnered international attention.

The permanent installation is bolted along a wall of a pedestrian underpass that links to Paddington Station. Photography by Jason Bailey.

Colour Transfer is her first permanent outdoor piece. Mounted to a wall along Westway Bridge pedestrian underpass in London, it consists of 30 angled forms in galvanized steel. The forms are clad in aluminum panels coated with a tinted PVC film that is activated by sunlight. The result is a rainbow band that changes appearance based on the weather as well as with the perspectives of passersby.

Colour Transfer consists of 30 galvanized-steel frames clad in PVC-coated aluminum. Photography by Jason Bailey.
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