PEER has transformed the public realm space where Hoxton Street meets Fanshawe Street with trees, paving, a raised bed of planting, seating and bike parking and public art commissions by Chris Ofili and London Fieldworks. Our adjacent gallery façade has been renovated with floor to ceiling windows making our exhibitions more visible from the street and integrating the organisation further into the local environment. These works have served to underline PEER’s core ethos to make the experience of the highest quality art part of everyday life.
A four-metre high freestanding pedestal clock has been installed on Hoxton Street and PEER’s first annual clock commission is Black Hands by Chris Ofili, drawing on his longstanding connections to the area. For this work Ofili has selected 12 of his tiny signature ‘Afrohead’ pencil drawings to replace the numerals on the clock face, while four illuminated ‘Afromuses’ portrait heads grace the rotating lightbox beneath.