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Colourblock Cranes: A Project By Morag Myerscough

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Updated: 24 March 2016
Building sites are not usually associated with beautiful aesthetic or a warm and joyful atmosphere. In London, it seems as though there is a perpetual pop-up of new construction environments, infecting our city’s skyline with cranes and bulldozers. Trying to contrast this hideous image of building sites is designer Morag Myerscough. With her new series of Colourblock Cranes, the artist is trying to paint London’s construction skyline into a happier place.

Morag Myerscough is a British designer whose work symbolically represents colourful boldness and a joyful representation of art. Through her art, she tries to create a specific response from each local community that she targets as her audience. The uniqueness of Myerscough’s work lies in her initiative of trying to create places that people will like from empty spaces that are without use. Her designs try to create a building community and to represent the identity of individuals and societies. She tries to focus on the cultural heritage of each local area and look at its history in order to create a new and exciting space for the community.

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Myerscough’s current project, Colourblock Cranes, focusses on how colour can affect an individual’s mood. The designer was commissioned to create a series of colour ways for cranes in a vibrant and joyful construct. These cranes will overlook the construction sites in North Greenwich that overlook the River Thames. The project is aiming to transform the London Greenwich Peninsula from an industrial wasteline to an exciting neighbourhood home in which over 30,000 people will live.

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At the NOW Gallery, Myerscough will be holding a talk with the gallery curator Jemima Burrill. The informal seminar will be a discussion on the importance that colour has had in the designer’s work so far, and in her newest piece of art. In addition to the talk, the gallery is aiming to celebrate the new cranes with film and live art.

These designs have aimed to create something beautiful and colourful out of a place usually related to noise, dust and destruction.


They will be on display at the NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula from April 21, 2016.

44 Bessemer Place, London SE10 0BY


By Paula Koller-Alonso