Hot on the heels of the project for restoring the historic Agip petrol station in Milan’s Piazzale Accursio entrusted to Michele De Lucchi – currently in progress – comes another example of the rehabilitation of an derelict petrol station.
The creative duo Craig & Karl were asked last June to turn an old petrol station in London’s White City into an open air art installation, characterised by vibrant colours and geometric patterns. A decision that does not simply reflect the approach of the two artists, but also pays homage to the area’s links with British television. Until just a few years ago, White City was in fact home to the BBC Media Village, which inspired the idea of covering the walls and the old pumps with brightly coloured stripes and patterns taken from the unforgettable early television test cards. An affectionate nod to the past, but one that Craig & Karl intend to carry forward into the future. The work is entitled Here After in homage to the petrol station’s second lease of life “now that [it] has fulfilled its duty, so to speak, it’s free to enjoy itself”.
Craig & Karl’s installation marks the first step in a broader regenerative scheme for the petrol station, which is scheduled to become a venue for pop-up events of various kinds in 2018.