Thursday, 29 October 2009

Underground Art

Sitting in the middle of London’s Southampton Row, at its junction with Theobald’s Road, is the entrance to the derelict Kingsway tram subway. If you’d been in the area last night you might have caught a small group of us dodging the rush hour traffic to get through the gates and down the long ramp into the tunnel, and then onwards to the long-disused tram station. This is the location for a site-specific installation Chord by artist Conrad Shawcross, which is in place for two months.

The idea to use the tunnel, and to commission the artist, came from Measure, whose producer Simon Day led our little group last night. We weren’t allowed to take photographs of the art itself. (Why is that the case in the UK? In the Gulbenkian Modern Art Centre in Lisbon I was allowed to photograph anything). However, there are some great photos on the Londonist blog here.

The Observer published a lengthy profile of Shawcross by Rachel Cooke here.

Measure is a non-profit arts organisation led by Simon Day and Jon Scott. Do read about their interesting work at:

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