A major construction project will have photographic records of the work done, but can also sometimes seek out more artistic interpretations, and Crossrail has done that.

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In 2013, Julie Leonard won an open competition to become the first artist-in-residence for Crossrail, and now some of that work has gone on display, at the Building Centre in central London.

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The exhibition highlights Julie’s work through five key themes: people, places and spaces, inspiring women, communities and digging up the past. The result is a series of bold, colourful images of scenes seen through the eyes of a diverse range of people working on the Crossrail project, from tunnellers and engineers to project managers and archaeologists.

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It’s a unique style of art that either appeals, or repels, but it is certainly bold in its concept, and an alternative way of looking at the future Elizabeth line.

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The art is done using a smartphone — photos taken and then edited on the handset directly. And this is reflected in a charming manner by the business cards — in the shape of a smartphone in an upturned Crossrail hard hat.

The exhibition is open until 23rd December at the Building Centre, just off Tottenham Court Road.

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