Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled two new artworks of the River Thames which will be displayed at London’s piers and across the Underground network
The new artworks are by painter Clare Woods and depict scenes of the River Thames from the point of view of somebody navigating the river itself, rather than from the embankment.
Although Woods took inspiration from classic posters depicting the Thames from the London Underground archive and from artworks in the Tate’s collection, the new artworks – entitled ‘Cranky’ and ‘Idler’ – were created after research trips by the artist along the Thames.
The artworks are the latest in TfL’s Art on the Underground programme and will be reproduced and exhibited at the eight London River Service piers (Millbank Pier, Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Blackfriars Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier); on the three Woolwich Ferry Vessels and at London Underground stations.
Clare Woods said: ‘The view of the city and the river banks, the muted feel to the sound and the general chaos of London are all elements of travelling on the river.’
She added: ‘I was influenced and interested by the huge tidal range, in some places eight meters, and what this drop in tide exposes. The clearly-layered history of the river bank structures, from Brunel’s SS Great Britain launch site to medieval pillars and Georgian steps and arches. It is a whole other part of London that’s unseen by most people. I wanted to paint where these human structures meet the river but from the river’s point of view.’