Lakwena brings her acid-bright, type art to Covent Garden in a takeover of optimism

If you happen to pass through London's Covent Garden this week, you'll come across a vibrant installation by London-born artist Lakwena, who has transformed its streets with acid-bright colours and bold typographic messages that say 'Nothing Can Separate Us'.

On Floral Street, bollards have been hand painted with designs by Lakwena in a striking colourful scheme, and King Street and Henrietta Street are home to flags emblazoned with positive messages as London celebrates the start of summer and emerges from the last phase of lockdown.

"The message speaks about our connection with God and with each other and it was inspired by a book called 'Romans'," explains Lakwena. "It is central to the work and the colours and typography are all there to assist the message. For instance, using colours that vibrate with each other is really important in making the art feel alive. I have quite an instinctive relationship with typography."

This latest project by Lakwena follows her public installations at Tate Britain, Somerset House and the Southbank Centre, plus globally in Vienna and New York City. Other commissioned artworks at Covent Garden include those by Damien Hurst, Charles Pétillon, Alex Chinneck, Anya Hindmarch, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Anthony Burrill.

On show from now until August, 'Nothing Can Separate Us' by Lakwena is part of a wider programme of events by Covent Garden, of which more details can be found at


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