As the city gears up for the autumn events season and prepares for the arrival of the British Art Show, Leeds inspired (part of Leeds City Council) and Network Rail have worked together to commission a stunning new artwork inside Leeds Station.
Leeds Station is one of the busiest train stations outside London with 120,000 people a day passing through on their way to and from the city. Commissioning a brand new artwork for the station puts art firmly at the heart of the City’s welcome.
Supermundane, also known as Rob Lowe, is an illustrator and designer whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide. The new artwork, called SuperLeeds, is a 14 metre wide kaleidoscopic pop of colour located on the pedestrian footbridge adjacent to the new South Leeds entrance.
Rob has crafted a playful design that applies bubblegum colours and bold lines to create patterns that emerge from different angles, making the artwork shift and change as people walk past. SuperLeeds makes your day fizz with possibility and, for a moment at least, everything will be super.
The vinyl artwork will be installed on 12 glass panels across the centre of the footbridge overlooking the main entrance and the escalators and can be seen from all over the station.
SuperLeeds is the latest in Leeds Inspired’s commissioning programme that supports artists to create new work for the city. Previous Leeds Inspired commissions include the iconic Civic Hall light projections for Light Night; the Woolly Warmers concerts in Leeds Bus Station; and Slung Low fire-lit performance of The White Whale at New Dock.
Rob has previously created artwork for magazines and books including Penguin, Wallpaper*, The Independent on Sunday, Little White Lies and Anorak. His murals have graced the walls of Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art, Havelock Walk in London, the headquarters of Moo in London and Dolby in San Francisco.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “This is a really imaginative, striking piece that will give people a vibrant and colourful welcome to Leeds.
“Thousands of visitors arrive at the station each day and as we look forward to British Art Show and our bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, this is the perfect place to showcase our credentials as a city that embraces a diverse and exciting spectrum of artists.”
SuperLeeds will be at Leeds Station from the 18 September and is part of Unfold.