Meadows of Change

  • Sofia Hagen
  • Lisa Hinderdael

Designed by HagenHinderdael in partnership with Quintain and Artistic Statements, Meadows of Change celebrates the layers of history of Wembley as an icon. From its start as the small village of Wembly Green – meaning the meadow or clearing of Wembley, to its transformation into what is now Wembley Park; the artwork takes us through moments of perseverance and change in both the skyline and narrative of this unique part of London. Nestled within the telephone booths at Arena Square, we invite visitors to engage and form a connection with this unique history. As meadows undulate like rolling hills across all three booths, the arc of the new Wembley shines and reflects in the mirrors behind. In the evening, the installation transforms speaking to a moment of memory as two spotlights flank either side of the artwork to represent the twin towers of the old Empire Stadium. These towers faced all odds : celebrating FA cup finals, Live Aid concerts, and many sporting events before being replaced with a new icon – the principal arc and striking feature of the new Wembley Stadium in 2007. Merging the meadow, remembering the iconic towers, and reflecting on a Wembley, Meadows of Change reminds us that Wembley has persevered Against the Odds : resilient in its status as an icon of London. As the installation remains in situ for several months, we invite locals and visitors to come back and see the meadows continue to grow with time.