Piccadilly Circus Is About To Look Very Different

By Londonist Staff Last edited 19 months ago
Piccadilly Circus Is About To Look Very Different

A new work by artist Ai Weiwei is premiering in London this October — taking over Europe's largest screen for two minutes every night, for the month.

At 8 pm on 1 October the adverts will pause and New York Days — a two-minute work and the first part of the 30-episode residency —will be broadcast on the screen, with a new part being screened across Piccadilly Circus every evening.

Commissioned by CIRCA, a new platform for commissioning and creating digital art, it's the first in a series of artist takeovers planned for the Piccadilly screens: the space and timeslot has been donated to them for the rest of the year. Their aim is to show artworks that consider our world in 2020 (being screened every evening at 20:20... get it?)

Visitors to Piccadilly Circus will be able to connect their headphones to the Circa website for accompanying audio, to create an immersive audio-visual experience.

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Last Updated 01 October 2020