Search

Italian artist creates Forest Gate station mural

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:04 04 April 2016

Forest Gate mural from artist Bifido

Forest Gate mural from artist Bifido

Sara Lucas Agutoli

Commuters can now feast their eyes as they wait for the train at Forest Gate station after an Italian street artist left his mark with a vibrant mural on surrounding brick walls.

The team at work on the wall mural at Forest Gate station. Picture: Bifidoart/InstragramThe team at work on the wall mural at Forest Gate station. Picture: Bifidoart/Instragram

The station, which sits on the Liverpool St to Shenfield line, has become the first to be transformed as part of an ongoing initiative organised by Crossrail operators MTR Crossrail, who operate the line on behalf of Transport for London (TfL) Rail.

The result is “Meanwhile” by Italian urban artist Bifido, who created the life-like surrealist work on platform four with paper, tiles and glue using the “paste-up” technique.

Perspectives are skewed as we see a giant snail, a woman serving tea in a giant cup and nearly falling into it alongside a tree man losing his leaves which then turn into butterflies in the stomach of another.

It took Bifido, who preferred not to disclose his real name, and his team just two days to complete the mural. He said: “This was my first time in London, and I had a very good time.

Artist Bifido creating part of the wall mural at Forest Gate station. Picture: Bifidoart/InstragramArtist Bifido creating part of the wall mural at Forest Gate station. Picture: Bifidoart/Instragram

“I found the people in Forest Gate very kind and I hope that travellers think about how they spend their time when looking at my work. The wall was made with paste up technique and I did the pictures in my studio, then I printed and pasted them on the wall.”

A statement about the art reveals it “looks at the spectator waiting for his train; an everyday repetitive sense of wait clashes with the speed of the train. Wait and speed are the concepts at the core of this eclectic narrative; they combine and relate in an oxymoronic way.”

Visit bifido.it for more.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Newham Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Newham Recorder