Power By Morag Myerscough
The entrance to Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station is now home to a new art installation by leading British artist and designer, Morag Myerscough.
“Power” acts as a bold, colourful welcome to visitors and passersby at Grosvenor Arch and a celebration of the iconic building that has inspired the work. Marking a new era in its history, the commission is a statement by Battersea Power Station of its commitment to inject more culture into this part of London.
Created from marine plywood panels and handpainted by Myserscough and her team of painters in her studio, the piece sports her trademark eye-popping colour palette that stands out from its surroundings and can be seen from across the other side of the River Thames.
Morag Myerscough says: “It was a wonderful commission for me as there were so many recent historic references in this area that I wanted to embrace as they were akin to the aesthetic of my work.”
Built in the 1930s, Battersea Power Station was the major site of electricity production up until 1983 and a beacon of Britain’s optimism about the future. Myerscough has borrowed elements of the details from the original art deco doors in the Directors Board Room, which depicted how the production of electricity was key to the country’s future, epitomizing the optimism of 1920s’ and 1930s’ society in the production of energy. Power is about taking inspiration from certain key moments and images associated with the Power Station’s past to create a new optimism and a look to the future.