Had I seen this old picture of Tynemouth Station before, maybe I would have considered renewing the idea of a permanent installation of flowers hanging from its columns. Those plants initially were acting like fireworks celebrating the new possibilities of metal and glass in architecture. We can imagine the feeling that such amount of light gave to the users of the station in 1890, still common in good modern architecture today: transparency, warmth, lightness.
The station has changed only a little bit and somehow for me, like perhaps for those who put those plants the first time, the necessity to add colour remains. Initially in the process my work took many different roads, but finally the idea of working with the columns won. It is an essential element that can be taken for granted but, if highlighted, can become an interesting support. I worked several combinations of posters for its different parts, considering different points of view and the usual circulation paths on daily users and on days of especial events. The intervention, including the extra banners welcoming the visitors, wants to be a celebration of architecture as much as a social relationships enhancer, just like flowers once were.
Instalation view. Photos Jaime Gili