Published on February 1st, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse
Wrapper: tiles tell story of environment
Wrapper dresses up new London tube station
Wrapper is a permanent work of art by Jacqueline Poncelet, made especially to clad the new building and perimeter wall next to Edgware Road Tube station, in the centre of London. The work, consisting of 700 coloured vitrious enamel panels, dresses the building in a grid of patterns. Each pattern relates to a different part of the local area and was made in response to the images and ideas that Poncelet has developed through her research there over the past three years. Like an enormous patchwork, Wrapper tells the story of the place in which it sits, weaving together elements from local history and the natural environment, the area’s architecture and its people.
Wrapper was commisioned and produced for London Transport. Set in the urban environment of central London, it now stands out bright and colourful and simultaneously blends in as a new addition to an area already full of constructions of all kinds and ages. The colours all reflect those of the Tube map, hinting at the building’s connection to it.
Source: Crafts, January/February 2013