As part of the WW1 commemorations, new art work is to go on display across the London Underground — a backwards poster.
The text is a reprint of a postcard written by soldier Herbert Ernest Wilson to his wife Martha Emily Wilson on 4 September 1918, taken from the University of Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive
That’s all it is, a poster of text, turned backwards.
The official blurb says: “In reversing the text, the historical distance between the contemporary mass audience and the original individual is emphasised. The words now appear under-exposed and indecipherable in front of today’s commuters passing by.”
“However, on closer inspection, and with time and perseverance, the use of a mirror or a careful reading, the audience is afforded an insight into the intimacy of the exchange.”
The best I can say is that at least it gives ladies who apply makeup on the train something more productive to do with their handheld mirrors.
As a work of art, sorry, but simply taking some text written by someone else and printing it backwards is the sort of thing that gives modern art such a bad reputation.
I suspect most people will on first glance, just assume someone put the poster up wrong.
Article last updated on July 24th, 2021 at 09:26 am