Public Artwork Stratford

Project Details

Address: Stratford International Quarter

Client: Lendlease

Description: Architectural metalworks

Project Details

PAD Contracts Showcase Their Range of Manufacturing and Installation Skills For ‘Porte De Couleur’ A Public Artwork Piece, Stratford, London


PAD Contracts Showcase Their Range of Manufacturing and Installation Skills For ‘Porte De Couleur’ A Public Artwork Piece, Stratford, London


Architectural metalwork specialists PAD Contracts is proud to have manufactured and installed large bespoke steel framework and glass panels for the stunning public artwork at entrance to the International Quarter London (IQL) in Stratford, East London.


The new sculpture entitled Porte de Couleur was commissioned by Lendlease and designed by Lothar Götz. Working with international curatorial collective Artwise, the piece is the first in a series of commissions of public art by IQL which will extend ‘The Line’, London’s first dedicated contemporary art walk.


‘’The Line, launched in May 2015, was conceived as an outdoor exhibition space to encourage locals and visitors to London to engage with modern and contemporary art, whilst also discovering this lesser-known part of the city, its wildlife and heritage. It broadly follows the ‘line’ of the Greenwich meridian, running from North Greenwich to Stratford, between the Greenwich peninsula (The O2) and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.’’ Ref:


The striking artwork was all manufactured at PAD Contracts factory in Waltham Abbey, shipped to site and installed by their team. To withstand the inclement British weather the mild steel hollow sections were applied with a hot zinc spray coating and polyester powder coated finish. The laminated coloured glass segments were carefully bonded into stainless steel framing.


Colin Ayres, Managing Director for PAD Contracts comments;
‘This was a great project to have been part of, providing us with an opportunity to showcase our technical abilities. The project was quite complex with a series of unusual angles and connection conundrums to resolve. The final installation looks fantastic and the team can be really proud of their achievements’.


The work is made of large steel sections intertwined with glass triangles and an intersecting line, creating open walls and a roof. The latest sculpture in The Line, Götz’s Porte de Couleur, joins existing pieces from Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Antony Gormley.


Lothar Götz, artist said: “This is a unique and unusual site on different levels that will act as a gateway to the gardens for the public. I want the artwork to be playful, interactive and, above all, welcoming. The special view from above that the residents will enjoy is also an important aspect for me: my aim is to make this aerial view like an abstract drawing to look at and enjoy from above”


“In addition to the materials (steel and coloured glass) used for building the sculpture, light forms an important element: light interacts with the coloured glass and creates reflections that animate and complete the sculpture. These compositions of reflections constantly change in line with the changing light conditions of the day or year.” Ref:

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