YOU/ME/US/HERE/NOW is an open, positive and bold text-based proposition for people to consider as they move through the portal of Hallam Station.
It is a playful, collective and unifying refrain that draws on the notion of shared journeys and the experience of travel and movement, using the literal concept of transport connections (elevated parallel tracks, shared platforms, timetables) to consider the more abstract idea of connections to people, place, culture, past and present.
Embracing materials, colour, scale, and typography YOU/ME/US/HERE/NOW, draws attention to the permanence and physicality of the station’s rail infrastructure by utilising the underside of twin concrete U‑troughs. The bi-directional nature of the commuter’s travel – city bound and back again — is reflected in the repeated phrase running along both U‑troughs, in opposite directions.
The character of each word invites exploration – between image, word and location. The look of familiar words YOU/ME/US/HERE/NOW may prompt recognition, while the whims of typography or graphic design alter not only the look of these words but also their conventional meaning, use and associations for the viewer. The slippage between word and image is amplified along with the viewer’s understanding of the ever-shifting nature of this relationship. Each return visit offers a different or new experience of the work.
Seen on approach from the street and carpark YOU/ME/US/HERE/NOW functions as a sign, beckoning commuters into the covered forecourt and up to the elevated city-bound train platform. Scaled up and given static form these words are re-contextualised and assigned new meaning. Each horizontal and vertical element builds on another so that letters and language provide the visual and material structure to the work, that is open in attitude and architectural in scope.
YOU/ME/US/HERE/NOW acknowledges the daily passage of commuters as they move through space and time, transitioning between public and private worlds. It takes into consideration the beauty and language of the architectural design, the activation of public space and the significant role the new Hallam Station will play for the community.
Public Art Commission, Hallam Station
Level Crossing Removal Project, South Eastern Program Alliance with Hassell
Curated by T Projects