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Gallery | Egg-cellent art on the Underground

Giant fibreglass eggs are being cracked, fried and whisked across an 80m disused plaform at Gloucester Road Underground station. 

British artist Heather Phillipson is the brain behind the quirky installation titled my name is lettie eggsyrub which will be in place for the next 12 months. 

Although a TfL source said it was not impossible the disused platform could be brought back online, it has been out of use since the 1970s and is often used to host art installations.

The eggy display forms part of Transport for London’s (TfL) year-long programme celebrating female art on the Underground commemorating the centenary of women getting the vote.

“This new work by Phillipson is the most expansive work ever created for this site and demonstrates our ambition,” said TfL Art on the Underground head Eleanor Pinfield.

“Through her new work, Phillipson more than rises to that challenge, questioning our everyday reality and the very basis of our existence – the egg and its myriad social meanings.”

The display includes two 4m high eggs, a giant moving whisk, 12 video screens showing egg-themed entertainment and 16 printed items. 

Phillipson said her installation “enlarges the egg as a nucleus of conflict” and focuses on the egg as a reproductive product, while Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the installation “makes the most of this disused platform space”.

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