Observations: Conran's new restaurant art
Friday 06 February 2009
Since the Boundary restaurant opened last month in east London, it has received the usual barrage of scrutiny and reviews but hardly anyone has mentioned the art. Yet what's on the walls is obviously important to Sir Terence and Vicki Conran, whose 50th foodie venture – which will eventually comprise three restaurants, 17 bedrooms, a bakery and foodstore when the converted Victorian warehouse is fully functional in April – will house work by more than 50 artists, photographers, graphic designers and print makers.
There's artist in residence Javaid Alvi, who is painting a seven-storey mural, which will be finished in 2010, illustrator Adam Simpson, who is creating interiors for the lifts, and work by the godfather of politically conscious graffiti, the Parisian artist Blek Le Rat. Le Rat is often cited as one of Banksy's inspirations and will have eight pieces on show throughout the building. It's not the first time he's worked with the Conrans and much of the art here comes from their own personal collection. So while you might go for the food, take a look at the art, too.
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