Recent visitors to Marylebone will have found themselves stumbling across artworks hidden in the bushes and written on traffic signs. But don’t fret, this isn’t some strange hallucination or prank. There really are messages written on the flowers and hidden in the corners of shops. But it’s all part of a new public art trail, ‘Find The Words.’
Spread out across the 110 acres of the Portman Marylebone neighbourhood, the art trail comes courtesy of a collaboration between Portman Marylebone and Brixton-based street artist Andy Leek.
Leek is perhaps best known for capturing hearts around the world through his ‘Notes To Strangers‘. As part of the series, he places messages of affirmation and encouragement throughout cities on trademark brightly coloured paper. His messages have been found as far away as Buenos Aires, Panama, and beyond.
Said Andy Leek, in a note accompanying the trail’s launch:
“I’ve written some words for you. I’ve tried to make them as kind, hopeful and uplifting as I possibly could. They are in art installations, placed throughout Portman Marylebone. Have a wander around, see if you can find them. Look high and low, look in shops, look in unexpected places.”
Where to ‘Find The Words’
‘Find The Words’ sees the artist’s notes of optimism and joy blending in and standing out even more than usual. You’ll find them on bunting that runs down Old Quebec Street, and in laser cut installations on Portman Square Garden and George Street. Look for the messages in plant installations in George’s Pocket Park, and keep an eye on shops for messages that blend into the signage. Everywhere you go and around every corner, you’re sure to find a new piece.
A map is available to help you find all the messages.
While the artwork is on display, Leek will also be placing limited edition, hand-written notes in select stores. Visitors can pop into the participating stores and ask “Can you help me find the words?”
Read more about the public art exhibition here.
‘Find The Words’ will be on display around Portman Marylebone (W1) until October 29.