Here After

We have written about the massive changes to the White City area a few times. It’s always interesting to see how areas that have been somewhat grimy and a little unloved get an update. This time designers Craig & Karl have playfully revived a derelict petrol station on Wood Lane in London’s White City to create HERE AFTER, a public and visually arresting art installation that riffs on the area’s importance to British broadcasting history.

Here after

Using the bright hues of a television test card as inspiration, the colourful design nods to the petrol station’s location directly between Television Centre, the BBC’s former headquarters, and White City Place, the former BBC Media Village, both of which reopen this year following extensive redevelopment. Here After  gives the unloved site a new life by twisting the appearance of commonplace petrol stations and patching together the mishmash of striped forms and colours found in major fuel companies’ branding. In an almost chaotic fashion, the site reinvents itself from the fragments of its past.

Here after

Vibrant, striped sections of painted colour wind and bend around the petrol station site, leading passers-by and visitors to discover the space’s ‘hereafter’, suggesting a place to meet or something yet to come. Here After is the international design duo’s first major public artwork in London. The project is the first stage in a regenerative scheme for the petrol station, which will soon have a new life as a venue for pop-up events, while White City is undergoing an £8 billion decade-long regeneration that will see the formation of a thriving creative neighbourhood.

Here after

Craig & Karl, the design duo of Craig Redman and Karl Maier, live in New York and London but collaborate daily to create bold work that is filled with simple messages executed in a thoughtful and humorous way. Craig & Karl are widely known for their mass-scale, colourful installations like the 14,000 square foot ‘candy carpet’ they created in Chengdu, China in 2015. Craig & Karl say on the project, “We view this project as the petrol station’s second life, or ‘wonder years’, which led us to use the words ‘Here After’ as a reference to heaven or utopia. Now that the petrol station has fulfilled its duty, so to speak, it’s free to enjoy itself.”

To find out more about the project and what’s going on in the area, follow these links: www.craigandkarl.com and www.whitecityplace.com

 

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