Arlington, Camden Town, London
Arlington House is one of the first Rowton Houses in London and famous the world over as a longstanding hostel for homeless and vulnerable people. In 2010 we won a competition to create an artwork to adorn the walls of the reception area; this was part of One Housing Group’s £17m refurbishment of the building.
We designed our artwork to be harmonious, vibrant and intimate, with a delicacy that displays attention to detail.
We derived our imagery from the universal experience of life as a journey, each of us following our own unique path. The chosen shapes, light, and sense of movement are also fundamental to all of our experience. Through these aspects we hope people can readily relate to the artwork.
Our materials were dicroic glass and gold leaf; both are permanent, hard wearing and low maintenance.
We used colour in a way that allows light to travel into and through it, creating a dappled shade effect, or leaves rustling in a breeze. This can be both calming and enlivening. The silvery-gold pathway through the circles represents our movement through life.
glass, dichroic glass, gold leaf