Gayle Chong Kwan: Cockaigne

Artvehicle 16/Recommended

At the intersection of Blackfriars Road and The Cut, Platform for Art presents a work by Gayle Chong Kwan on the exterior of Southwark tube station.

Eight huge glossy prints depict utopian lands made from food products: The Tower of Babel is built with pasta, Plato's Republic is moulded from bread, the New Atlantis is made from what appears to be lashings of butter dusted with a light coating of icing sugar and The Voyage to the World at the Centre of the Earth is paved with mussels. The photographs act as portals to dream worlds that can be nibbled at; sited in an area of regeneration, the work is a wonderful mixture of fantasy, consumption and indulgence.

Cockaigne officially finished on 30th April, but the station has decided to keep it up for a little while longer, so catch it while you can. Later this month, Southwark tube station will house the result of Kwan's sixth month residency working with the local community, students and Southwark Underground staff.


Southwark Underground Station
Southwark Underground Station
London SE1 2SZ

Usual Tube opening times