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Landmark Sculpture the 'Lighted Lady', Borough of Barking, London, England

A 20 meters high landmark sculpture is situated at the roundabout, the entrance from the northern road to Barking. It forms a gateway into the town from the A406.


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The Lady day and night. At night lamps of different colours illuminate the Lighted Lady, lending it a festive appearance.



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Driving around the Lady. The silhouette changes as one moves around it.

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Roundabout at night.

dear sir
i live in dagenham
every morning i drive thro the roundabout with your sculpture
 
i look forward to seeing it
i am not an artistic person - I am an electrician
 
i thought
how clever the man must be who built that
the light and shape is never the same
 
it looks different every time i see it
 
i want to touch it
stand by it
look up at it
but its in the middle of a very busy roundabout
 
then i thought
that's what you wanted
 
then i realised
 
you really are a gifted person
 
best wishes
 
john mclester


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Top of the sculpture with daylight reflections. A blue acrylic disc at the top creates an ethereal ellipse against the sky.

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Top of the sculpture with LED lights at night.

 

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Title: A landmark sculpture at the entrance of Barking City, Borough of London
Artist Joost van Santen
Title: The Lighted Lady of Barking

Description: The Lighted Lady is situated at the roundabout, the entrance from the northern relief road to Barking. At 20 metres high, it forms a gateway into the town from the A406. The sculpture is constructed from steel with a white coating. The silhouette changes as you move around it. At blue acrylic disc at the top creates an ethereal ellipse against the sky. At night lamps of different colours, which are placed around the sculpture, light the Lighted Lady lending a festive appearance.

Completed: 2007 Project duration: 2 years
Medium: Steel, acrylic, led light, daylight
Location: Barking City, Borough of London England
Project manager: Peter Watson Barking City
Commissioning Agency: Barking City
Budget: English pounds 400.000

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The Lighted Lady of Barking Town
by MikeStarr5 Updated Oct 7, 2007 72 reviews
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The Lighted Lady of Barking Town 34 more images
This striking, colourful sculpture was designed by Dutch artist Joost Van Santen's company "Light Art". It was unveiled in 2006 and is known as the "Lighted Lady of Barking Town."

Joost Van Santen's earliest work dates from 1970 and can mainly be found in Amsterdam, the Hague and many smaller towns throughout the Netherlands. His 3 most recent commissions however have all been in England.

We are lucky enough to have two of them here in Barking Town ... the "Lighted Lady" and another piece called "London Bridge" - see my separate tip.

The "Lighted Lady of Barking Town" is an asymmetrical sculpture 20 metres high. It is pure white, capped with an electrical blue acrylic top. It changes shape quite dramatically and surprisingly as you drive around it. From some vantage points it is a tall narrow column and from others it is hourglass shaped. (Please note that there are 4 more photos in addition to the main one.)

The very best time to see the sculpture is at night when it is lit by lamps of many different colours, sited around the base. This gives it a very striking festive appearance. The blue top is lit with LED's.

The "Lighted Lady" is one of those controversial, love-it-or-hate-it sculptures - One thing is for sure, you certainly cannot ignore it.

You can find it in the middle of a roundabout on the outskirts of Barking Town. I have given as many details as I can about the sculpture here as unfortunately, there is no plaque anywhere near the "Lighted Lady" giving additional information.

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