Sofitel has collaborated with acclaimed MTArt Agency artists Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti, and poet Greta Bellamacina on a new public artwork, which was revealed this week in central London.

The commission, named Silver Lining, can be seen on a walking route through the precinct of St James’s. The artists have employed shimmering ribbons of silver on monuments and public features within the area, which are complemented with poetry by Bellamacina, which together have been conceptualised to evoke an emotional response from the audience.

Artists Dejha Ti and Ania Catherine with MArt Agency founder Marine Tanguy (centre) at the reveal of Silver Lining in St James’s

‘With this commission by Sofitel, we wanted to create something in the public sphere that could be stumbled upon and serve as a reminder that even through immense loss, turmoil, unexpected changes, and hardship, there is good coming out of this time’, said Dejha Ti and Ania Catherine.

João Rocco, Vice President Sofitel Brand, added: “With ‘Silver Lining’, Sofitel wishes to add a touch of playful Joie de vivre and sparkle to London, a city that hosts all three of our UK hotels. 2020 has been a challenging year for us all and through this moving and hope-filled commission, imagined through the first-ever collaborative work of Ania Catherine, Dejha Ti and Greta Bellamacina, we look forward to inspiring locals and visitors to discover their own Silver Lining as they re-explore the treasures of this world-renowned city and neighbourhood.’

The installation will be on display through to 19 October as part of Westminster City Council’s Inside Out festival, after which the artists will repurpose the silver lining and use it as source material for a limited series of abstract works on canvas.