London streets transformed with photographs for UEFA Euro 2020
Tower Bridge, London, where photographic images of Londoners are displayed on the road covering the size of two football pitches.
Portraits of Londoners, including key workers and and school children, will be among thousands of faces adorning roads and buildings across London later this month, as the capital's streets are transformed with spectacular outdoor photographic displays to celebrate UEFA EURO 2020.
More than 3,000 black and while photographs of Londoners' faces will be exhibited at five locations across the city as part of a large-scale public installation by internationally acclaimed French artist JR, capturing the stories of Londoners during the tournament and celebrating the people that make up our capital.
London is housing eight matches during UEFA EURO 2020, including both semi-finals and the final. The Mayor believes that the EUROs can act as a catalyst for London's recovery from the pandemic, and wants as many Londoners as possible to be part of the action to showcase the capital's diversity and generate excitement across the city, following the awful events of the last year.
This weekend, 'Inside Out' created a display of images longer than two football pitches on the road across Tower Bridge, spanning the river Thames. In partnership with the City of London, the road was transformed into a huge outdoor art gallery, with photographs of London's community heroes who have made a difference to their local area during the pandemic.
The exhibition will then go on to four further locations - King's Cross, Tottenham, Lewisham and the Royal Victoria Dock, East London - where hundreds more faces will be displayed on payments roads and buildings. This series of outdoor exhibitions complements the Mayor of London's Let's Do London campaign, which is encouraging Londoners and visitors to come back to the city and take advantage of London's public spaces and cultural riches. The Let's Do London Campaign includes a wide ranging programme of one-off special events created in partnership with London's best-known cultural institutions and tourism attractions to bring back central London's economy back to life following the impact of the pandemic.