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Colourful Crossings, Adam Frank and Office for Crafted Architecture

Dates: 18 September – 13 December
Times: Various times, 7 days a week (check below)
Location: Various points along Southwark Street, SE1


'Colourful Crossings' sees Southwark Street transformed into an outdoor gallery with a series of on-street artworks which will bring pedestrian crossings to life. These commissions made through the Avenue of Art initiative, will take art out of its traditional gallery contexts to transform public spaces, bringing colour and animation to the street. Commissioned by Better Bankside and part funded by Transport for London. 

Adam Frank, 18 September – 8 January, 6pm - 11pm

Beneath the Railway Bridge on the junction of Southwark Street and Redcross Way. 

New York based artist Adam Frank will bring his work ‘Performer’ to the UK for the first time. This interactive installation encourages participants to perform under a bright spotlight in which a computer controlled audio audience applauds as you become more active. The installation uses a real-time audio audience simulation and movement sensor to produce an illusion of a 500-member audience applauding just for you. If the viewer is still, the virtual audience calms and eventually goes silent except for an occasional cough or clearing of the throat. When the viewer leaves the illuminated area the viewer hears applause proportional to the total amount of movement in that session.

Office for Crafted Architecture, 12 October – 13 December

A neighbourhood isn’t just a physical environment; the architecture of our cities is nothing without the people who live in them. We imbue memory, stories and emotions in these places and share them with others when we relay our day. ‘Crossing Stories’ by Office for Crafted Architecture (with collaborators from the EXYZT collective)  is an invitation to wander the city with your own memories and impressions.

About the artists:


Adam Frank is an artist, designer and product inventor. His work is an ongoing investigation of light, interactivity and our perception of nature. His pieces each carry an air of mystery that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Frank's work has been shown all over the globe. 

Early in his career, Adam co-created Dogz and Catz, the world’s first virtual pets. For this work he is widely credited for defining a new category of computer software. 

In 2011, Adam completed a commission for The City of Denver for an outdoor, permanent public installation. Each night, as the sun sets in Denver, a projected sun rises on a building downtown. This light mural is entirely solar powered by panels installed for this project.

In 2012, Adam was named the Seattle City Light Conservation & Sustainability Artist-in Residence. During this residency, he produced a large-scale artwork for the City of Seattle featuring their hydroelectric power sources. In 2013 Adam completed a large-scale commission to install eight artworks in Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis IN. ARBOR displays optically accurate shadows of native trees in eight elevator lobbies of the new hospital. This signature work was just recognized by The Americans for the Arts 2014 Public Art Network Year in Review.


Office for Crafted Architecture, is a design and build workshop that was founded by Nicolas Henninger following 12 years of projects with the EXYZT collective. OfCA's philosophy is that the physical act of building is intimately part of the design process and vice versa. Each project offers opportunities to gather collaborators and craftsmen from the EXYZT collective and invite new collaborations from the local area.
‘Crossing stories’ is a collaboration between visuals artists and graphic designers:
Tony Maas, International Artist living in the Bankside area
Ruby wright, Artist living in the Bankside area
Gonzague Lacombe and Julien Courtial, Graphic designers living and working in Paris, EXYZT
Nelly Massera, International Artist living in Strasbourg

Curated by Nicolas Henninger, Architect, EXYZT / OfCA