A Week in the Life of a New Tube Station #6

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The wrap up post on Battersea Power Station’s new tube station! A Week in the Life of a New Tube Station ends with a look at Sunday 26th September 2021, the seventh day of the new tube station being open to the public. There was a festival to celebrate the occasion and this was held adjacent to the power station itself over the weekend. Just a handful of events took place around the new tube station including performances by the Battersea Power Station Choir.

One thing not mentioned so far is the huge artwork, known as a Solaris board, created by Alexandre da Cunha and its entitled Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset. It depicts the phases of sunlight throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. The installation is stretched right throughout the ticket hall area and its a very long artwork! Alexandre da Cunha is a Brazilian artist and although he has had installations in the UK before, this is his first major commission.

‘Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset’is a monumental kinetic sculpture reflecting on daily cycles. Da Cunha uses an outdated advertising mechanism – the rotating billboard – to create two friezes which face each other along the length of the ticket hall. Inspired by the former control room at Battersea Power Station and its system of vertical bars that regulated the production and output of electricity into the city, the works refers to cycles, routine, the everyday and eternity.

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Visitors to the new station cannot help but notice the huge artwork along both sides of the ticket hall!

Stretching to nearly 100m in length, the friezes consist of three faces of a different colour, gradually fading from one colour to another over the length of the entire image. The colours have been extracted from photos of London sunsets and sunrises. Throughout the course of the day, the panels rotate, presenting different combinations of colours into the ticket hall. (Source: TfL.)

Anyway here’s some more of my pictures, taken on the seventh day of the station’s opening:

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Some of the Battersea Power Station Community Choir choir kindly pose for my camera! Sunday 26 September 2021.

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The choir had a celebration and social outside the new tube station on the Sunday after their final performance of the weekend.

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Two of the Battersea Power Station Community Choir looking pleased with themselves – and probably on the way to the pub!

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Some people take photographs quite studiously of the events post the Battersea Power Station Community Choir’s do!

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Not exactly a picture of the day’s events, but rather one I found which is great! It shows the Battersea Power Station Community Choir a whole week earlier in a group shot by the huge roundel outside the new station. Source: Twitter

In other posts I’ve mentioned the fact the new tube station at Battersea seems to be an attraction for dogs and its not just the dogs home that’s the attraction, but rather that the new tube station offers opportunities for new walking routes which both dogs and owners evidently enjoy. Here’s a few more doggy pics!

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Coming down the escalators!

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Coming up the escalators!

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The same dog later seen going home on the tube!

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Artist busy drawing the new tube station!

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More photographers. Is this one studious too – or is it just a quick shot? I don’t know!

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Time to go through the ticket barriers and onto the platforms!

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Love evidently blossoms when the tube train draws in!

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Or maybe love takes synchronised steps as loved ones follow each other on to a tube train?

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Or even that loved ones spend time together trying to work out where the next tube train will go?

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Some don’t care about love when they’ve got a tube train to catch! Even when they have five minutes to spare!

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Some probably even fall in love with the first LUL driver they see. ‘Hello! Do you know where that nice tube train driver has got to?’

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Its only at Battersea Power Station the lonely take the escalator all by themselves!

Well that’s right. It can be a vast and lonely place sometimes. Not even a soul to be seen – and its a situation I’ve seen quite a few times. The station is stupendous but I think at times it can convey an aura of total isolation, even desolation. I think it might be the fact its too clinical or something like that – especially with the vast spaces that exists right across the tracks. I don’t think that for example one would get the same sense of emptiness on some of the larger Jubilee Line stations because even if there’s no-one about there’s always a sense of things being cosy.

Here’s some bonus pictures taken during the second week of opening. These are of the staff – for I realised up to that point I hadn’t even asked any staff if I could take their portraits thus made up for that omission!

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The wonderful station staff with a customer!

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The guy who does all the fantastic Quotes of the Day at Battersea Power Station tube!

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And finally… an engine driver!

Oops! You know what I mean! Its a tube train driver of course. Engine drivers are certainly a rarity these days and I don’t think you’d find one on the tube except when its Steam on the Met or some other special occasion!


The full list of posts covering A Week in the Life of a New Tube Station:

A Week in the Life of a New Tube Station #1
A Week in the Life of a New Tube Station #2
A Week in the Life of a New Tube Station #3
A Week in the Life of a New Tube Station #4
A Week in the Life of a New Tube Station #5

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