The DLR Bridge in the middle of Canary Wharf, the renowned business and shopping district in central London, features a new 300m long painting called 'A Beautiful Sunset Mistaken for a Dawn' by Sinta Tantra.
The painting tries to capture 24-hour time lapse sequence that shows the sunset and sunrise over the bridge. The artist has drawn inspiration from Canary Wharf environment by observing the natural elements of the area, ever-changing light and the towering buildings. She has also drawn inspiration from the interaction between the people and the place, as well as the surrounding architecture.
To develop the painting, Sinta Tantra has done an in-depth study of English Dandyism, including the tailoring and suiting styles of the 18th and 19th centuries; and tropical sunsets in Bali.
The painting was developed in close collaboration with Alfred Bagnall & Sons (North West) Limited. A team of almost 65 artists worked on the scheme and used more than 5,000 litres of paint in seven different colours to create the masterpiece. The art work spans both sides of the 150m long DLR Bridge. The painting was commissioned by Canary Wharf Group and has been implemented under the management of Canary Wharf Contractors by Serco.
To illuminate the painting at night, the undersides of the bridge has been fitted with LED light projectors, which changes light. The lighting scheme has been designed by Lighting Design International. The light projectors throws soft light from each end of the bridge. The lights subtly blends complementary colours and slowly changes from early to late evening and at different times of the year.