Gloucester Road Underground station in London has been colonised once again – this time by artist Brian Griffiths who has filled the disused platform with Life Is A Laugh, an epic installation which is part assault course, part giant panda head.
The artwork is the latest exhibition in the Gloucester Road Platform for Art programme, which presents four shows a year in the Underground space. Griffiths is known for his magical, absurdist work that in the past has included a super computer made from cardboard and other household materials and a galleon constructed in wooden furniture.
Installed over a two month period, working entirely at night when the station is closed, the Gloucester Road installation is perhaps a little harder to figure out. It is described by the Platform For Art website as being “a giant shelf-like home to abandoned detritus” and the work certainly contains an eclectic selection of items from the aforementioned panda head, and the side of a caravan, to the dangerously tempting assault course constructed with ladders and barrels. Undoubtedly it will provide much needed food for thought while waiting for the next train.
More info on Life Is A Laugh is on the Platform For Art website.
And here’s the rather fine poster for Griffiths’ show: