About the Artwork

The Garden of Floating Words is a neon poem that appears to be floating in the darkness from within the foliage of the garden planter. During the daytime, the words are revealed to be on tall rectangular clear acrylic stands, their structure echoing the tall glass buildings surrounding the garden space, but at night the words alone become the main feature. Using neon, a light source traditionally associated with the city, Artesero creates something ephemeral to make a space for quiet contemplation within the busy complex.

The work was first commissioned by Canary Wharf Group for the Winter Lights Festival 2017. Following inclusion in the 9th Edition of Sculpture in the City, the artwork now resides permanently at 70 St Mary Axe.

Year: 2017

Courtesy the artist. Photo: © Nick Turpin


10mm Clear Acrylic, and blue neon glass


50cm x 50cm at the base, 200cm height

Artist Biography

Elisa Artesero

Elisa Artesero is a UK-based Light and Text Artist using installation, sculpture and photography to address themes of transience, the nature of happiness and hope. She has exhibited in the UK, Iceland, France, Montenegro and the Faroe Islands and creates commissions for festivals of light and public art installations. Key achievements include projecting ‘Tonight We Dream’ onto the side of a mountain in Iceland, solo exhibition ‘Building Text’ at Broadgate London, large-scale DREAMERS installation for Lumiere Durham Festival, and being awarded curator choice for Fine Art by Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Art, London.