More than 70 artists competed for the opportunity to design an artwork inspired by the fruit, vegetables or flowers sold at New Covent Garden Market, for the 20 metre long building façade.
The winning artwork, ‘Still Life Citrus’ was selected by judges including Lynn Parker, art curator at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Charlotte Brooks, art curator at the Royal Horticultural Society. Cassandra Thompson from market florist, Stems UK also helped to shortlist the entries.
The artist, Eyal Granit from Jerusalem in Israel, said: “Citrus for me is going back to childhood. With this work I reflect on the ideas of home, belonging, memory and personal history. I have been passionate about photography since an early age and I am truly humbled to have received such an incredible opportunity to present my work to a global audience in London, where the public can encounter and enjoy it every day. That's where artwork and real life connect, and this connection somehow brings the work to life.”
Daniel Tomkinson, Chief Executive at Covent Garden Market Authority, said: “Eyal’s artwork beautifully captures the freshness and vibrancy of the produce that New Covent Garden Market is famous for, and was a worthy winner of this year’s New Covent Garden Market Vitrine Art Commission. We’d like to give special thanks to Lynn Parker from Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Charlotte Brooks from the Royal Horticultural Society for giving their time and expertise to help select this show-stopping image, which we’re delighted to display on the Flower Market’s façade.”
Covent Garden Market Authority collaborated with London’s largest contemporary art festival Art Night to commission the vitrine artwork, which is funded by VINCI St Modwen (VSM), New Covent Garden Market's redevelopment partner.
Rob Williams, Senior Director of Construction at St. Modwen, said: “We are excited to have commissioned Eyal Granit’s ‘Still Life Citrus’ to be on display on the border of the redevelopment of the market, giving passers by a unique insight into the impressive market operating behind this very facade. This commission builds on VSM’s other community art projects based around the redevelopment area, including the acclaimed Edible Avenue on Thessaly Road and The Whale Wall at the nearby St. George’s school by renowned artist Mr Dane.”