New artwork for Leeds City Station

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An explosion of colour will chug in to Leeds as part of a new kaleidoscopic artwork display inside the railway station.

Commuters will be greeted by the 14-metre-wide SuperLeeds vinyl design next to the station’s new South Leeds entrance, which is currently under construction.

The artwork, designed by Rob Lowe, is to be installed on September 18 across 12 glass panels in the middle of a bridge overlooking the main entrance.

It will feature bubblegum colours and bold lines to create unique patterns that make the design’s angles appear to change as people walk past.

The arrival of the new exhibition comes after council chiefs in Leeds announced the city would bid for the coveted European Capital of Culture title in 2023.

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Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “This is a really imaginative, striking piece that will give people a vibrant and colourful welcome to Leeds.

“Thousands of visitors arrive at the station each day and as we look forward to the British Art Show and our bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, this is the perfect place to showcase our credentials as a city that embraces a diverse and exciting spectrum of artists.”

The project was organised by Network Rail and Leeds Inspired, a council-funded body that supports culture in the city through grants and schemes.

Mr Lowe, who is also known as Supermundane, has created artwork for magazines and books including Penguin and The Independent on Sunday and had exhibitions in Frankfurt and San Franciso.

Work on the new-look station entrance is due to be completed in November.

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