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It's no yoke | TfL forked out £300,000 for giant egg artwork

Egg red paint

TfL spent almost £300,000 on its Gloucester Road eggy artwork, New Civil Engineer can reveal. 

Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request New Civil Engineer discovered that £299,624 was spent on the my name is lettie eggsyrub installation, which includes two 4m high fibreglass eggs, a giant moving whisk, 12 video screens showing egg-themed entertainment and 16 printed items.

Some £118,340 was spent on fabrication of the artwork, including costs for materials, while £68,000 was spent on installation and a further £57,780 on creating and installing the video sections.

Costs for principal contractor Bridgeway Construction totalled £39,437, while testing and assurance costs came to £2,600. Meanwhile artist Heather Phillipson collected £12,500 for her efforts.

The cash came from TfL’s Art on the Underground fund, a designated pot for art projects which is part-funded by private donations.

Phillipson said the display “enlarges the egg as a nucleus of conflict” and focuses on the egg as a reproductive product. TfL has produced a 64-page learning guide to accompany the work.

The egg-cellent artwork proved popular when it was unveiled in June, winning five stars from The Guardian and rave reviews from Harpers Bazaar and The Art Newspaper’s chief contributing editor Gareth Harris.

As part of TfL’s year-long centenary celebration of women getting the right to vote, my name is lettie eggsyrub will intrigue commuters at Gloucester Road until June 2019.

TfL has been contacted for comment. 

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