The disused platform at Gloucester Road tube station has been covered in giant fried eggs — because, art.
The platform has been taken over by British artist, Heather Phillipson for her commission, “my name is lettie eggsyrub”, which is a mix of broken eggs, cooking videos and a slowly spinning egg whisk.
Unlike previous art installations which have tended towards the two-dimensional, this is a confection under construction that spills out all over the place.
Heather Phillipson works in video, sculpture, online media, music, drawing, poetry and installation.Relationships between human and non-human animals are a recurring theme in her work and for this commission she focuses on the egg as an object of reproduction, subject to human interference. The artwork is Art on the Underground’s most ambitious project to date, and will be on display at the platform for the next 12 months.
It’s very visual, and far harder to miss than previous art on the platform, although on my visit, the prevailing emotion seen on people’s faces was of total puzzlement.
This is one of those works of art that could strongly benefit from a few explanatory signs.
Whether its good art or bad art I leave to you to decide, but it’s undeniably… distinctive art.
In addition to this installation, Phillipson has created a sequence of images and slogans on vinyl panels that will run the length of the escalator panels at Notting Hill Gate and Bethnal Green tube stations.