Canning Town Underground: John McAslan + Partners

Where: Canning Town Underground Station

What: Inscriptions carved into the concrete stairwell near the entrance to Canning Town station. The work was a Public Arts Commission for the Jubilee Line. The text flows in swirling calligraphic patterns down and around the stairwell. The inscriptions commemorate the historic local Thames Ironwork and Shipbuilding Company. At the top of the stairs is an iron panel from the hull of HMS Warrior,  built by the company. There is also a reference to the company’s historic Thames Ironworks FC, which became West Ham FC, local to that area. The architect was John MacAslan & Partners.

Date: 1996-1999

Material: Pre-cast concrete, carved in situ and painted grey

Artist: Richard Kindersley

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