Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Pop art mural replaced by cranes

Remember this pop-art mural, once illuminated at night and highly visible from Euston Road? The large-scale artwork by Michael Craig-Martin was mounted on the side of an old office block next to Euston Tower, where it advertised the home of the Diorama Theatre. The old office blocks have now been demolished and the area to the north of Euston Tower is a massive building site, as the final phase of the Triton Square development gets under way - presumably a sign of returning financial confidence.

The New Diorama Theatre, as it's now named, is a brand new theatre and bar in a recently-completed block a hundred yards away. Triton Square also features a pair of cast-iron figures by Anthony Gormley, a serpentine sculpture-cum-bench by Langlands and Bell, and other artworks. Although the buildings are mainly bland, this wholly new environment is completely pedestrianised, bicycle friendly, and quite a pleasure to walk through. Look out for the Summer Festival, free outdoor concerts from 22 June.

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