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Time and Tide

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Time and Tide is a serial work by artist Alison Turnbull for cycle shelters at stations across the DLR network.  Each shelter consists of double-sided panels, one side of which features emblematic monochrome images of the lunar cycle, set against evocative coloured backdrops. These backgrounds vary from station to station, and include a creamy yellow reminiscent of graph paper, an aquamarine suggestive of schoolbook maps and the deep indigo of the night sky.  The reverse of the panels depicts tide charts relating to London and other port cities around the world.


As the front and reverse will never be seen together, the relationship between them is echoed rather than perceived simultaneously.  The artist intends that the work will prompt thoughts of the sea, distance and the passage of time.


I approached this commission by thinking about the sea, navigation and London’s maritime history.’ Turnbull explains. ‘I was also aware that the design that eventually emerged would need to be graphically bold and capable of being transformed and adapted at successive stations as their provision for cyclists is developed. ’


Time and Tide was awarded 'Best Cycle Facility' in the 2008 London Cycling Awards.


Time and Tide is part of DLR Art, the Public Art Programme for the Docklands Light Railway, curated and managed by Modus Operandi.


Alison Turnbull

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Time and Tide


Docklands Light Railway





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© Courtesy of the DLR