In May 2021,To launch the programme, The Show Windows curator, Charlie Levine, has commissioned West Midlands based illustrator, Ben Javens, to re-imagine the Coventry skyline as the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz books.
The Show Windows is inspired by Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum’s book about shop window design and follows on from the success of RIBA’s Regent Street Windows project in 2018. Baum’s term, ’show windows’ has inspired the project and the brief to architects and artists, to create immersive pieces that invite audiences to journey to other places, and to celebrate the locations and people that will help us display the artworks.
Show Windows on display currently:
Cov as Oz by Ben Javens, Apps Living 28-34 Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1GF,
BBC CWR Priory Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 5SA, and
Esquires Coffee Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 1JD
Cov as Oz by Ben Javens at Coventry Building Society
Cov as Oz by Ben Javens at Transport Museum