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Claire Watson’s City at Night (Photo: Dave King)
New BIG 4 revealed
26 November 2012 sees the unveiling of City at Night, the latest commission for the BIG 4, Channel 4’s on going public art project outside the headquarters on Horseferry Road, London.
City at Night was designed by Claire Watson, an Art Director at 4Creative, Channel 4’s in-house ad agency. The design celebrates the release of Raymond Briggs’ new Snowman film, The Snowman and the Snowdog, and transforms the Big 4 into a giant aerial illustration of London at night, by cladding the structure in enlarged panels featuring hand drawn illustrations used to create the animation for the film.
The focal point of the installation is a 3D model of the main characters in the film, the Snowman, Boy and newly introduced character, the Snowdog. Supersized, sitting centre and elevated in front of the Big 4, the three friends appear to be flying over the city in a secret night time flight.
Claire wanted this new iteration of the Big 4, to be a celebration of winter, a celebration of London and a tribute to these iconic and loveable characters and to the new rendition of a children’s classic loved the world over.
Antony Gormley: Angel of the North, Mark Wallinger: Ecce Homo and Robert Smithson: Spiral Jetty
Tony Cragg: Declination and Luke Jerram: Sky Orchestra
Photo credits (clockwise from top left):
Anthony Gormley Angel of the North (courtesy Gateshead Council, ©the artist and Jay Joplin/White Cube)
Mark Wallinger Ecce Homo (courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, © the artist)
Robert Smithson Spiral Jetty (© Estate of Robert Smithson/licensed by VAGA New York NY. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery NY. Collection DIA Center for the Arts NY. Photo: G Gorgoni)
Luke Jerram Sky Orchestra (courtesy Luke Jerram Photo: Thierry Grobet)
Tony Cragg Declination (courtesy Lisson Gallery and the artist)