Limited edition print of The Barbican Estate and Centre


The Barbican

Everyone has an opinion on these grade II listed blocks of flats and the associated Barbican Centre.

I don’t know anyone who is indifferent to it. Its either loved or hated. This complex was built in the 1970’s in the British Brutalist style.

It was first conceived after World War II when this part of the City of London suffered catastrophic damage during The Blitz. The initial plans were floated about in 1951 and it was finally built between 1965 and 1976.

Unlike many other Brutalist buildings in the UK this was not built for low-income council tenants but for well heeled bankers and other high earners.

This I think is one of the reasons why it may have survived. Many of the council blocks were poorly built and poorly maintained and were soon demolished.

Today it seems to have found its place and many have an affection for it.

The Barbican Centre

This complex of arts centres was officially opened in 1982 and like the Barbican Estate was also designed by Peter Chamberlin, Geoffry Powell and Christoph Bon.

Being within the complex can be confusing so there are coloured lines painted on the floor to help guide the visitor from place to place.

Why ‘The Barbican’?

The word barbican comes from the Latin Barbecana which referred to a fortified outpost or gateway. In this case a tower situated over a gate or bridge which was used for defence purposes.

The Barbican Estate and Centre was built near a Roman watch tower, which used to be over one of the gates situated in the north wall of London.

Many ancient and medieval towns and castle still have barbicans.

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Additional information

Delivery and shipping:

Once ordered I will try to deliver the print within ten working days. The prints are supplied in a tube. Price does not include shipping. This is added at the ‘Basket’ stage.

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Number in the edition:

50 prints only, each individually signed and numbered.

Size unwrapped:

45cm x 40cm watercolour (not including the white boarder paper) giclee print.

What is a giclee print?

Giclee is a very high quality print process used by galleries and artists for exclusive limited editions. This Giclee process uses 12 true pigment artist colours (ultra marine, ochre etc) rather than the standard four dye colours in normal printing, so Giclee delivers greater depth in colour, tonal values and no yellowing over time.