Find The Words
18 September 2023
Portman Marylebone has partnered with renowned street artist Andy Leek to deliver an autumn of public art that will spread optimism and joy across The Portman Estate’s 110-acre neighbourhood to the south of our area, nestled just behind Oxford Street.
The ‘Find The Words’, art trail designed by Andy Leek, is an area-wide art installation integrated into the urban landscape. Visitors will discover unique notes of positivity, inspiration and warmth, from large scale installations to smaller more subtle pieces – from bunting down Old Quebec Street, laser cut installations on Portman Square Garden and George Street, to plant installations in George’s Pocket Park and shop signs that seamlessly integrate down New Quebec Street and Seymour Place.
Widely recognised for his Notes to Strangers, during his residency, Andy Leek will place limited edition, hand-written notes in select stores, delivering unexpected and uplifting messages to takeaway. To unlock a collectable note, visitors are invited to ask in participating stores “Can you help me find the words?”.
Andy has also designed colourful bandanas for dogs with positive words of affirmation that will be available for visitors to the area to collect from a selection of dog friendly local businesses, allowing four legged friends to also be part of the artful experience too.
Andy Leek’s residency runs until Sunday 29 October. Visitors and art fans are encouraged to share their discoveries online using the hashtag #FindTheWords to join a collective appreciation and spread the positivity even further! Find out more here.