In Pictures: Boris Anrep Mosaics At One New Change

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In Pictures: Boris Anrep Mosaics At One New Change


The hulking One New Change complex next to St Paul's is a funny thing. From the outside, it's hard to love the mucky brown glazing and 'stealth ship' angles. It does, however, have redeeming features, such as the seventh floor viewing gallery overlooking the cathedral. And simply by bringing shopping back to Cheapside — the Medieval version of Oxford Street — it wins a small sigh of satisfaction from fans of geographical continuity.

One of the oddest features is hidden away at the western end of the basement level. Three mosaics by artist Boris Anrep skulk timidly behind the escalators. The trio depict our good lady sovereign, her 18th Century ancestors Mary II and William III, and a more abstract design. A further example of his work can be found up on the roof terrace.

Queen Liz
Queen Liz
Closeup of the Queen.
Closeup of the Queen.
Close-up of William and Mary.
Close-up of William and Mary.
The three mosaics side-by-side.
The three mosaics side-by-side.
Abstract mural.
Abstract mural.
William and Mary mosaic.
William and Mary mosaic.

The mosaics originally occupied the former building on this site, but were retained when that was demolished in 2008.

You've probably seen Anrep's work before. The main entrance to the National Gallery is paved with a giant mosaic from the master, featuring scenes from everyday life and famous faces from the early 20th century. Other examples of his paving can be found in Tate Britain and Westminster Cathedral.

Last Updated 03 April 2011