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Artwork chosen for new Bankside entrance to Blackfriars Station

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A picture that will in time become familiar to thousands of commuters when reproduced in the new southern entrance of Blackfriars Station has gone on show at the nearby Bankside Gallery.

Calling At by Jessica Taylor
'Calling At' by Jessica Taylor will be reproduced in the new Bankside entrance to Blackfriars Station
Artwork chosen for new Bankside entrance to Blackfriars Station
Trains Passing Borough Market by Peta Bridle

Calling At, a giclée print by Jessica Taylor, is the gold medal winner in Network Rail's second annual London Lives competition.

An exhibition of the shortlisted entries opened at Bankside Gallery on Friday.

The picture features eight silhouette figures cut out to reveal fragments of railway tickets including an old Blackfriars platform ticket.

The theme of the second London Lives competition is travel and entrants were asked to capture the spirit of travel. Many have chosen a view around Bankside or the South Bank.

Three feature Hungerford Bridge and two the beach at Oxo Tower Wharf. Blackfriars Bridge makes several appearances along with the London Eye.

Kate Bowen's Towards and from The City shows a strategically positioned beggar and dog on the Millennium Bridge.

Summer in the City by Linda Cavill gives the Oxo Tower Wharf beach the feel of the seaside.

Looking at the hundred selected entries it is tempting to consider how any one of them would have looked made larger to adorn the station entrance.

Competition was stiff with artists such as Anita Klein entering although her painting of a lady struggling with an umbrella might have given the wrong impression of tourist Bankside.

Striking and fascinating is Peta Bridle's Trains Passing Borough Market pen and ink drawing showing the view of the market from Southwark Cathedral tower. This was shortlisted and must have been a close contender for the station wall.

More can be seen of Peta's work when she holds her own exhibition at Southwark Cathedral in December.

Jessica Taylor is also being awarded £1,500 worth of artist materials from GreatArt. Her winning entry (priced at £175) was sold on the first day of the exhibition.

Travel Mug by Sally Jane Fuerst, charcoal and chalk (£1200), won the silver medal.

The bronze went to The London Orbital Motorway [M25], a wood engraving by Peter Lawrence (£180).

• Network Rail this week announced that it is accepting responses to its consultation on the future name and signage for Blackfriars Station until Monday 12 September.

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