Artist hired by King’s Cross as the area reopens for business

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Messages of hope: Andy Leek wants his art (inset) to help spread optimism as people return to King


Artist hired by King’s Cross for three-month summer exhibition as the area reopens for business

King’s Cross has launched a three-month summer art exhibition as the area reopens for business.

The 67-acre estate, which is owned by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, has brought in Andy Leek to be its resident artist until September.

Restaurants, bars and pubs are reopening tomorrow after months in lockdown. 

Messages of hope: Andy Leek wants his art (inset) to help spread optimism as people return to King’s Cross

And King’s Cross, as well as hosting one of the UK’s biggest transport hubs, boasts offices owned by tech giants Facebook and Google, where thousands of employees work. 

Leek has been tasked with putting on an exhibition of works that ‘spread optimism and fun and capture the public mood as the nation emerges from lockdown’.

The 34-year-old is known for his ‘notes to strangers’ project, which saw him leave messages – such as ‘You are enough’ – for people to find across London in public spaces, newspapers and underground trains.

Leek’s first installation will be called ‘This Much’, taking the form of 28 ‘messages of hope and love’ in the shape of outstretched arms.

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