Installation view of 'Scrape' by Henry Coleman.

Photo: Benedict Johnson.

Scrape

17 May — 7 June 2014

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An illuminated sculptural installation by Henry Coleman on the façade of the Royal Academy of Arts at 6 Burlington Gardens.

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17 May — 7 June

Burlington Gardens

Free

The architectural intervention, entitled Scrape, is inspired by the iconic signage from the front of the nearby French Railways House on Piccadilly, the former London headquarters of French state railways SNCF.

A series of distinctive triangular, back-lit letters spelling out the word F-R-A-N-C-E originally adorned this building as part of the 1960s decorative scheme by the influential modernist architects Ernö Goldfinger RA and Charlotte Perriand.

These letters were recently removed by developers and have now been recreated by artist Henry Coleman specifically for this installation.