morag myerscough has completed her first, permanent siteoutdoor public art installation at battersea power station, along the thames river in london. responding to both the site and the history of the iconic power plant, myerscough has aided in transforming the area into a vibrant cultural hub. ‘I did not want to make a piece that looked back, but make a new optimistic piece that embraced the past and ultimately looked to the future,’ the artist explained.

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‘POWER’ is myerscough’s first permanent outside public art installation
all images by gareth gardner

 

 

in the early 20th century, battersea power station represented a global need for power and the corresponding economic and urban growth. myerscough’s project embraces this message as part of the area’s larger efforts to attract visitors and activate the surrounding space. the vibrant, bold colors welcome those who pass underneath grosvenor arch, inviting them to visit the small shops, restaurants, and summer outdoor events. the eye-popping colors energize visitors. the artist and her small team hand painted the plywood panels creating a patchwork of geometric patterns, inspired by the factory’s original art deco doors. 

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the artwork pays homage to battersea power station’s interesting history

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the work was strongly influenced by words like: energy, inspire, strength, and dynamism 

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‘POWER’ covers the front of grosvenor arch, the entrance to circus west village at battersea power stsation

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produces a colorful and bold ‘welcome’ to visitors in the area

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the installation is part of a larger effort to inject more culture into this part of london

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battersea power station was once a symbol of british strength and optimism

morag myerscough's 'POWER' boldly welcomes battersea power station visitors
the work consists mostly of painted plywood panels

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myerscough utilizes her iconic colors and geometric patterns

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the artwork creates a strong contrast against its surroundings and the thames river below it