‘Wake’ celebrates the rich narrative of journey and dock history in Canary Wharf, the remainders of which can be seen nestled throughout the area amongst the glass and stone. Canary Wharf was once one of the busiest docks in the world, transporting goods from the West Indies via the Canary Islands to British Isles. These bustling wharfs and docks housed thousands of boats every year that made port after long journeys, before embarking on another crossing of the sea.
The Columbus Building entrance is witness to a crashing wave at a standstill. Looking up from ground level you are met by a vast collection of shimmering mirrors reflecting light, like the oceans surface.