Working with leading artists and community contributors, Wembley Park's boulevards and areas are a vast free public gallery of art and culture. Enhancing the area’s global reputation for sport, music and live entertainment, our public art highlights Wembley Park as a diverse, distinctive and vibrant neighbourhood.
Crossover by Miriamandtom
Location: Bobby Moore Bridge
Commissioned for the newly refurbished Bobby Moore Bridge on Olympic Way, Crossover is a new light installation by architectural design collective, miriamandtom. Taking its colour palette from the surrounding area, the artwork brings a daily sense of celebration to the residents of Wembley Park, visitors to the neighbourhood, and the steady crossover of people and events that the Bobby Moore Bridge is witness to.
Bobby Moore Bridge Mural
Location: Bobby Moore Bridge
Designed in 1993 by the Architectural Art Service of the Langley London firm, the Bobby Moore Bridge tile murals are located on the walls beneath the Bobby Moore Bridge, welcoming millions of annual visitors to Wembley Park at one of its key gateways. Fully restored in 2019, the central scene on the bridge’s east wall shows England footballers, playing in front of the old Stadium, and celebrates Wembley’s iconic football history.
Location: Around Wembley Park
Much-loved British artist Mr Doodle, who describes his style as “graffiti spaghetti", has transformed 12 cinder blocks in Wembley Park’s Market Square into a spectacular street art installation. Look closely and admire a triumph of idiosyncratic characters, inspired by iconic Wembley moments, from music events to football triumphs, all hand drawn into an elaborate pattern by the doodle man himself!
Fire & Water by Suiko
Location: Elvin Gardens
Fire & Water is a new street art commission for Wembley Park’s Elvin Gardens, designed by Japanese graffiti artist Suiko. One of Japan’s most celebrated graffiti writers, Suiko has a unique style that blends bubbling shapes with dynamic lines and vibrant colour schemes. At Elvin Gardens, Suiko wrote two words, “水” (aqua) and “光”(solar) in Chinese / Japanese calligraphy. He feels these words inspire the development of the neighbourhood and the Wembley Park community’s enjoyment of the pocket park.
Tilia Tree Totems by Stephen Stockbridge with Wembley Park Residents
Location: Elvin Gardens
In Summer 2018, Wembley Park residents and visitors had the opportunity to contribute to the rich culture of the neighbourhood by participating in a series of creative workshops from leading guerrilla artists, coordinated by arts charity Emergency Exit Arts. The Tilia Tree Totems are a result of a series of wood carving workshops, delivered by acclaimed wood carving artist Stephen Stockbridge. They were produced using upcycled trunks derived from trees removed during the regeneration works of Olympic Way, now reinstated with new trees. The totems’ name is drawn from one of the species of trees - Tilia, or Lime Tree – which they are made of.
Legends Calling by Louisa Smurthwaite
Location: Arena Square
In Arena Square, Brent heroes George Michael, Twiggy, Arthur Wint, Amy Johnson and Jayaben Desai will be celebrated in a unique phone box art installation. Local Heroes of Brent, created by renowned artist and lighting designer Louisa Smurthwaite, will see figures of these icons float as blue lights within three traditional phone boxes, representing the continuing reverberations of their achievements. Smurthwaite, who works from Second Floor Studios in Wembley, has previously collaborated with the likes of Sam Smith and Florence & the Machine.
Square of Fame
Location: Arena Square outside The SSE Arena, Wembley
On the doorstep of The SSE Arena, Wembley, is London’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wembley Park’s Square of Fame in Arena Square features a series of bronze plaques imprinted with the handprints of notable performers who have delighted fans at the iconic venue. Notable artists include Kylie Minogue, Sir Cliff Richard, Status Quo, Kylie Minogue, Dolly Parton, Bryan Adams, Lionel Richie, Westlife and most recently Dame Shirley Bassey. Can you spot them all?
One in Four by Frank Styles
Location: The Spanish Steps
Since 2018, the Spanish Steps have become an open-air canvas for public art commissions. The latest of the series, One in Four, was produced by North-East based spraycan artist Frank Styles in March 2020. The artwork, co-commissioned with mental health charity Mind, raises awareness about the importance of mental health, a topic that has only increased in importance since the COVID-19 pandemic. A series of 12 portraits run down the steps; viewed from head-on, three of the portraits on each section of the stairs are visible, but the fourth can be seen only if you look over from the adjacent flight. The work symbolises that it sometimes requires a shift in perspective to understand mental health problems and how they can affect one in four of us.
Beton Ginnel Mural by Muzeo
Location: Beton Buidling
Conceived by the team of artists at Muzeo, the creative process behind the Beton mural was marked by their interest in making this ginnel - Geordie for alleyway - an interactive space for residents and passers-by. In exposing the concrete which gives name to the building — Beton, in French — and including the name itself within the composition, Muzeo bring together both the real and the representation. This has been a central topic of discussion throughout art history and it becomes even more interesting in the context of our everyday world of internet and social media. Producing the name with an anamorphic effect was also key in bringing the artwork to life. Whereas it looks distorted from one angle, as the person walks down the ally, it changes and becomes a clear, straight name.
Cartographer’s Fugue by Vivien Zhang
Location: The Hive
Wembley Park as a site of flux is key to this artwork – its culturally diverse populations, the physical use of the various venues and infrastructure, the opportunities for shared experiences and the ongoing regeneration of the area. The unorthodox shape of the canvas references the 1923 Goode map projection, an attempt to more truthfully depict the relative sizes of landmasses than the traditional Mercator global projection. The organic lines of the projection, which is often referred to as the ‘orange peel’ map, are presented in contrast to the crisp geometric shapes of the surrounding space while reflecting the iconic Wembley Stadium’s arch. The title of the work plays with the double meaning of the word fugue: relating both to a musical motif in which a phrase is repeated by two or more voices and begins to change; and to a psychological state of memory loss and the urge to travel to establish a new identity.
Better Together by Pref
Location: Events Pad
As an opening highlight of the September’s London Mural Festival, Brent-born graffiti artist and designer Pref is creating Better Together, a large-scale street art intervention. Commissioned in partnership with Global Street Art director Lee Bofkin, it will be situated next to the world-famous Wembley Stadium and the popular London Designer Outlet. Pref is known for his multi-layered, three dimensional lettering and Better Together showcases this signature style. Inspired by recent social and political events, the design highlights the importance of community and unity.
Royal Wave by Jason Bruges
Location: Royal Route
Royal Wave is a site-specific artwork inspired by the journeys in and out of the stadium that historically were celebrated by audiences lining the edges of the routes. As the crowds approach the underpass from the southerly or northerly direction they are greeted by a scaled and bespoke lenticular wave generated from portraits of local people and the observer’s movement in relation to it. A parametric algorithm was used to evaluate the frames of movement from a photo shoot with local community members. The lenticular formatting was inspired by the photography of Eadweard Muybridge, and developed with a unique understanding from the site and analysis of the vistas leading up to the underpass. The fifteen upcycled signage panels have been repurposed as a dynamic piece that bring the local participants to the artwork.
Shadow Wall by Jason Bruges
Location: Royal Route Underpass
Conceived by internationally renowned artist and designer Jason Bruges , Shadow Wall is a site-specific monochromatic, interactive media artwork focused on the eastern elevation of the Royal Route underpass, where the shadows and silhouettes of the crowds passing through the space generate the resultant artwork. The canvas is light sensitive and with a multitude of shadows overlaying creates a palimpsest effect on the surface. The slotted metallic facade references the ebb and flow of the crowds entering and departing Wembley Park, which is reminiscent of the way in which the royal family arrived in procession. Shadow Wall is part of a genre of full height shadow portraiture including Digital Double (2015), Back to Front (2014), Platform 5 (2011) & Mirror Mirror (2009).