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In 1993 Andrew Shoben founded Greyworld in Paris. Our goal is to create works that articulate public spaces, allowing some form of self-expression in areas of the city that people see every day but normally exclude and ignore.

“Greyworld have made some of the most innovative public art of the last 5 years.” Matt Locke, Head of Imagineering, BBC, 2002.

“In many ways Greyworld represents the shape of things to come. The hybrid mix of artist, designer, urban planner and musician, producing works that create spaces for play, fun and contemplation making manifest things which previously might only have been allowed space in the far corners of our imaginations.” Clive Gilman, Fact Centre, Liverpool, 2002.

“Forget the voguish name, Greyworld represent all that is healthy about contemporary British Art.” Casper Llewellyn-Smith, Daily Telegraph, 2003.

“A special and very public work of art…a dynamic piece of sculpture – a little bit of magic.” Nick Glass, Arts Correspondent, Channel 4 News on �The Source’ (2004)

“A major artwork…a strange and striking piece.” Mark Lawson, Front Row, Radio 4, on ‘The Source’, 2004.

“For centuries public art has meant monuments of bronzed warriors or controversial sculptures that were more often reviled than admired. Greyworld is trying to change all that, using its imaginative installations to transform the world’s dreary urban areas. You’ve been warned: expect the unexpected. If an elevator starts playing show tunes or a water fountain compliments you on your outfit, don’t freak out it’s only art.” Tara Pepper, Newsweek, 2004.

“What excites me about their work is that they make people think about the space they are in and encourage spontaneous interaction in a place where you least expect it.” Chris O’Shea, Setpixel.com, 2005.

“Greyworld, is trying to change the way that public space is being utilised, using a sense of fun and an equal measure of adventure [they] are reclaiming even the unlikeliest of public spaces for the public, as well as encouraging interaction and even the odd wry smile as we go about our day-to-day routine.” Iain Aitch, Landscape Journal, December 2005.
“The gentle playfulness and humour evident in Greyworld are memorable and the way the pieces make us look, listen and question the role of the basic fabric and components of our urban environment offers us a realm of interesting and stimulating possibilities within our cities.” Sarah Gaventa, New Public Spaces, Mitchell Beazley 2006.

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