Cayman sunshine in London’s Underground

| 28/01/2009

(CNS): Commuters on the London Undergroundhad their daily commute temporarily brightened up by a colourful and unmistakably Caribbean print by leading Cayman Islands based artist, John Broad. ‘Rhythmical Dancer’ was brought to London’s Underground by Art Below who specialises in art on the underground in London and Tokyo. The Department of Tourism reports that it was on display in the busy ‘Harrods corridor’ section of the Piccadilly Line, and at Earl’s Courtunderground station, throughout December.

Ben Moore of Art Below, the company that arranged to exhibit John’s work on the Underground, said: “I felt that ‘Rhythmical Dancer’ gave off a colourful and vibrant atmosphere that would resonate well in the London Underground. I like work that reflects far away cultures – it gives people an opportunity to momentarily escape to that far away place, especially when travelling in the confined and regulated environment of the Underground.”

He continued: “I especially like the parallel that the artist himself was once a daily user of the underground, but has since relocated to a very different type of lifestyle and surroundings. Through Art Below he is able to transport a part of his new surroundings back to the surroundings of his past – a journey in time and distance!”

John Broad writes on “After living overseas for most of my life, this exhibit is in a sense a home-coming. As an art student I spent time travelling on the tube and was always fascinated by the ever changing array of posters, advertisements and flyers on display.”

More information about John Broad’s work can be found on his website

Photo: Don McDougall, Regional Manager, Europe, Department of Tourism, Mary Chandler-Allen of the Cayman Islands Government Office in London and a passer-by.

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