‘A String Of Thoughts’ – Debbie Smyth commission at Great Northern Hotel

First opened in 1854, the Great Northern Hotel is one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in London. Since coming on board in 2015 as one of our most prestigious hospitality clients, we have been delighted to build a diverse collection of bespoke art throughout the hotel.

In late 2016, ARTIQ commissioned artist Debbie Smyth to work on her most expansive installation to date for the hotel’s central staircase.

“…a tying of knots, a flight of stairs, a pencil of lines, a morning of hammers, a river of stories, a cluster of diamonds, a grid of maps, a twinkling of todays, an engagement of eyes, a journey of discoveries…”

Threads between abstracted thoughts and tangible places. Artist Debbie Smyth portrays a city of transition: from original Ordinance Surveys guiding travelers in years gone by to heat maps charting interaction in the age of internet; an industrial revolution to one of technology; the unspoken conversations and bumping bodies of strangers along the waterways and winding streets; the hustle of intersections and stations, from where Western Europe lies beyond.

Debbie’s cartography of string is both real and imagined, designed to guide your ascent on the staircase; the hammered nails and embroidery pins connected by threads that portray real places as strings of memory. Commemorating her own transition Debbie celebrated her engagement while staying at GNH. A String of Thoughts is a journey of discovery embracing some of London’s iconic landmarks, its connectivity and rich heritage. “