Superposition: physicists and artists in conversation

Booking info


Bookings are now closed for Covariance at the London Canal Museum. Any equiries about the project then please Contact Us


You can view Lyndall’s finished artwork, entitled Covariance, in the subterranean Victorian ice wells at the London Canal Museum, New Wharf Road, N1 9RJ, a short walk from Kings Cross station. You need to pay a small entry charge for the museum, after which there is no charge to see the artwork.

You can see Covariance in the ice wells from 24 August to 20 October 2013 every:

  • Thursday 1.30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To view the artwork in person you will be taken on a guided tour down two fixed metal ladders into the wells. The final tour available is at 3.40 p.m.

You are strongly advised to book a tour online in advance, however, any free places may be available to visitors on the day. There are no advanced bookings for London Open House on Saturday 21 September, but bookings will be taken from 10 a.m. at the Museum on the day.

In Conversation

In addition to the tours, we will also be holding two special evening In Conversation events where you can join Lyndall as she describes the nine month collaboration and co-creation of the new subterranean artwork, Covariance. In Conversation events are free of charge to attend, but booking is essential. Click on the links below to find out more and book your place.

19 September 2013 - In Conversation

17 October 2013 - In Conversation

Late Night Opening

Covariance will also be open to the public during Late Night Opening on 3 October until 7 p.m. - you can book your tour online in advance.

Going Underground

Similar to descents underground to work on a particle detector, there are some rules and regulations that visitors must follow to be able to see the artwork up close.

  • You must be fit and healthy and able to climb down and back up two short fixed metal ladders.
  • Your footwear must give your feet reasonably good protection, not be prone to falling off and give you grip on the ladder rungs. The wells have dirt floors and it could get muddy underfoot. For example no:
    • Open shoes
    • Sandals
    • Flip flops
    • High heels
    • Loose-fitting shoes
  • You can carry a small bag with you, for example a shoulder bag, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of you using the ladders. Larger bags may be looked after by a member of staff as you descend.
  • The project is not aimed at children and descents into the ice wells are not open to under 11s.

Descending into the ice wells is the only way to see the full artwork in person, but there is a remote controlled camera in the wells so that anyone unable to descend can view a live feed online or displayed in the venue itself. You will also be able to view part of the work by looking down into one of the wells from the ground floor of the museum.

Book your visit online, under 'Superposition Ice Well Descent' through the London Canal Museum