Client: MTArt Agency
Location: London, United Kingdom
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $7,000
Sewer drains are everyday elements that exist in urban spaces that we barely notice. The project of artist Marine Hardeman literally highlights what lies under our feet below the surface of the city. Hardeman does so by playing with the contrast of light and dark through a graphic play of light bursting through several horizontal and vertical installations from the sewer drains below. Sewer spotlights are central to the piece, which ignite independently to create a spatial performance. Hardeman’s innovative use of alternative spaces both enhances and responds to the urban environment we live in.
The goals was to make this street a destination for all Londoners and using this art initiative as a way to do so. Locals felt valued and inspired by the project.
As it was an in house project, the main challenges were to obtain the permits from Thames Water and the council and execute something that had never been done before.