Last week the Irish photographer Richard Mosse won the Deutsche Börse Prize for his amazing pink pictures of the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Created with special heat-sensitive film, Richard used the shock of the unexpected palette to engage us with a conflict that can feel very far-removed.
The latest project from German artist Katharina Grosse uses colour to jolt us out of ourselves in a similar way, but her context couldn’t be more different. She has created seven super-colourful installations alongside the train tracks in Philadelphia as part of the city’s Mural Arts Program.
With 34,000 people using this line to and from New York every day, the piece confronts these commuters with art in a very public way. Katharina has long explored shifting scale in her work – dangling off a crane to create her huge gallery installations – but pyscholustro ramps this up another level (a natural step she told us when we interviewed her in the Autumn 2013 issue of Printed Pages magazine).
Of her new work Katharina says: “The work shifts your notion of size through movement, so when you stand in front of it, it’s huge, but when you pass it by on the train it becomes small. This kind of experience — that your life is constantly in that kind of changing mode — is something I’ve always been fascinated by. And this time we have an extra tool, which is the train. In a museum you walk, and that’s the way you move. Here, you can fly.”
Interestingly the city authorities will protect it for a couple of months, but after that graffiti artists and the like will be free to modify and/or destroy it, something the artist is pretty phlegmatic about. Still if you’re in the area, maybe best to make a date on this train sooner rather than later.
- May Diary: where to go and what to see this month
- Crisp and vibrant design work from ECAL graduate Clement Rouzaud
- Portuguese illustrator Tiago Galo’s plump little characters are oddly charming
- Matthew Butcher launches the Flood House that will travel around the Thames Estuary
- Haunting train-simulator-based animation by Jack Featherstone for Occult Orientated Crime
- The best things on the web, YOUR best comments and the finest folk to follow on social media
- Philip Coppola spends nearly 40 years illustrating New York City’s Subway Stations
- LA studio Laundry creates amazing warped Simpsons idents for American channel FX
- Design Bridge creates new harp icon for Guinness
- Winning design for Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveiled
- Prince: 1958-2016
- Milton Glaser creates new look for Brooklyn Brewery