It Ends Here10. Jul - 12. Jul 14 / ended The Vaults Gallery
4pm - 10pm (Not suitable for children under 12)
Human nature and the road to redemption or hell
IT ENDS HERE by Martin Firrell (“One of London’s most influential public artists” The Guardian) is a new public art project that mines popular culture for insights into the conditions for war or peace, for happy co-existence or mutual annihilation. It will be presented in the vaults beneath Waterloo Station from 10 – 12 July.
Consistent with Firrell’s work to date (he has created large-scale light projections on some of London’s most iconic buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral and The National Gallery), IT ENDS HERE is a text-based project, suggesting a viable strategy for living peacefully that can be applied to anyone’s daily life. Firrell, whose work has been described as ‘art as debate’, has created five different underground environments, each dominated by a word or phrase: words stand tall as a man in pitch-blackness; the underground spaces rumble with ‘found sound’. Visitors are given torches to explore and discover texts.
Commenting on the new public artwork, Firrell says:
“With IT ENDS HERE, my intention was to explore the deeper value of Planet of the Apes’ particular corner of pop culture, locating truths that cast light on our attempts to live humanely in an over-crowded and tension-filled world.”
“I have an interest in popular culture as a mass disseminator of good ideas – drawing attention to the deeper value in popular culture and encouraging people to look at it with a greater appreciation of its possible meaning”.
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