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British designer, Morag Myerscough is continuously re-inventing civic spaces and has collaborated with Sheffield Children’s Hospital as well as the Design Museum, Barbican and the Southbank.
Following on from the 2016 Greenwich Peninsula commission, ‘Colourblock Cranes’, Myerscough builds on a narrative of re-imagining functional spaces and components on Greenwich Peninsula, celebrated through bold pattern and colour. Myerscough’s patterned installation artwork Siblings creates a new identity for a family of functional structures, including a pair of towering London Underground vent shafts creating a vibrant threshold to the Tide.
Morag Myerscough commented, “I confronted the structures as two imposing and almost brutal towers, with two small bunkers sitting slap bang in the middle of The Tide. I was excited by the prospect of getting my hands on this small disparate family, getting them to relate to each other and respond to their new surroundings. By using vibrant colours I made them bold and strong, making them belong.”
Bold and dynamic colours of blue, yellow, pink and green are intertwined in geometric patterns wrapped around the shafts. The illusionary patterns distort and enhance the existing structures which reach the height of 10 metres.
Morag’s mantra is ‘make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’. Born and Bred, London, Morag has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how words, colour, pattern and structures can change brutal urban environments and people’s perceptions of spaces into places. Morag’s work is characterised by an engaging boldness, creating specific, local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the work, using it to create community and build identity.
Morag Myerscough’s Siblings shroud’s the existing vent shafts on either side of The Tide with her conceptual artwork, elevating the banal into something extraordinary.
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