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The Big Art Project


Just how 'public' is Public Art? How much influence do you have over what lands up where you live? What do everyday people really like? The Big Art Project asks all the big questions about Public Art.

The BIG 4

The Big 4 is a 50-foot-high metal ‘4’ outside Channel 4’s Horseferry Road headquarters in London. It was originally constructed in 2007 to celebrate both the Channel's 25th anniversary year and the launch of the Big Art Project. The installation mirrors the Channel's on-air identity, with metal bars forming the logo only when viewed from a particular angle.

Since its inception a variety of artists, both internationally renowned and emerging talent, have created ‘skins’ for the 4.

So far the Big 4 has been adapted by the acclaimed British photographer Nick Knight, the Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner, the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, Fine Art graduate and winner of 2009’s competition Stephanie Imbeau, Fashion and Textiles graduate and winner of the competition in 2010 Hannah Gourlay, disabled sculptor and artist Tony Heaton and Claire Watson, an Art Director at 4Creative.

For more information please go to The Big 4.

Antony Gormley: 'Angel of the North', Mark Wallinger: 'Ecce Homo' and Robert Smithson: 'Spiral Jetty'

Antony Gormley: Angel of the North, Mark Wallinger: Ecce Homo and Robert Smithson: Spiral Jetty

What is Public Art? Find out more.
To view different examples of Public Art, visit the Big Art gallery.

Tony Cragg: 'Declination' and Luke Jerram: 'Sky Orchestra'

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)


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