Sun Pavilion

Myerscough’s core mantra is ‘make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’ — a theme celebrated through her strong visual language. The symbol of the sun is constant in the artist’s work. It is her symbol of ‘Joy’ – the sun being the most important source of energy for life on Earth. Like the sun, Myerscough’s Sun Pavilion aims to energise all those who encounter it, radiating joy and a renewed sense of optimism.

“The pavilion is a response to the reawakening we are hopeful for this summer. The sun radiates energy and brings joy and we all need a bit of it. The pure glow of the sun ignites us all and raises our spirits. There is nothing better than the feeling of the warm glow of the sun on your face…” Morag Myerscough

Canary Wharf is home to one of the UK’s largest collections of public art – an award-winning collection of over 75 artworks from 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen. As part of a free art and events programme running throughout the summer, this new public artwork by Myerscough will provide a colourful haven of positivity for the public and safe outdoor space for people to enjoy.

Built in wood with metal awnings frames and designed at a deliberately human scale, in size, material and colour Sun Pavilion shines out against the muted tones of its surrounding squares. Counterbalancing the giant steel and glass structures of nearby high rises, it confidently encourages the public to reconnect with the space in their own personal way. Myerscough has also built planting into the installation, saying: “I love being embraced by plants in unexpectedways.” Luminous, expressive and yet at the same time intimate, it aims to attract and engage people with its effortless bright visual vocabulary. 

“The pavilion is at an intimate scale, compact, intensely coloured so it glows out from the huge scale of the buildings. The aim is people will gravitate towards it and just spend time safely together….made from wood and hand painted it is important that it has human scale and is made by humans. We have lived in a virtual internal world for the last year and it is now important to be outside with others and hear the sounds of people around us.”

Canary Wharf Group (CWG)

Montgomery Square
Canary Wharf, LondFabricator
The White Wall Company

Gareth Gardner

Temporary Installation

Completion date
June 2021

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