Listed at Grade II (read the list entry for John Piper panels)
Twenty-nine colourful abstract decorative fibreglass panels in Fulham, London, by celebrated artist John Piper, one of England’s most eminent 20th-century artists, were listed along with the former exhibition building they were designed to adorn.
These eye-catching panels bring colour and joy to the area and fit into a wider trend of outdoor art at the time when, following the Second World War, there was a rise in the creation of public art, designed to bring public spaces back to life as the country began to repair its shattered towns and cities.
Piper collaborated with Gillespie and Manzaroli Associates to produce the panels between 1961 and 1962. They have the hand-made appearance of paper cut-outs but are made to an architectural scale in industrial materials. This commission was Piper’s first time working with fibreglass.