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Katharina Grosse's outdoor colour installations in Philadelphia

Katharina Grosse's outdoor colour installations in Philadelphia

Seen best from a moving train

Image: Design Boom

"We have an extra tool, which is the train." Explains the artist from Berlin, "In a museum you walk, and that's the way you move... Here, you can fly."

A Berlin-based artist is totally transforming the landscape of one of Philadelphia's major train routes with vibrantly coloured, public installations.

German artist Katharina Grosse has created a series of seven bright 'psychylustro' pieces in Philadelphia, America.

The technique utilises her unique spray-paint technique to spread intense colour across the chosen project sites, unfolding across abandoned warehouse walls, small buildings and stretches of green spaces in super bold hues.

Quite beautifully framed through the windows of the moving train that follows the route of the art pieces, the large-scale public artwork generates a real-time landscape painting that explores shifting scale, perspective and the passage of time...

"It shifts your notion of size through movement, so when you stand in front of it, it's huge, but when you pass it by on the train it becomes small. This kind of experience – that your life is constantly in that kind of changing mode – is something I've always been fascinated by. And this time we have an extra tool, which is the train. In a museum you walk, and that's the way you move. Here, you can fly."

The ephemeral and constantly changing installation will transform over time and – with nearly 34,000 daily viewers on the railway – it will present a prospect of imagination to commuters.

"We really want people to see what we see," describes Jane Golden, the Mural Arts Executive Director, from the foundation that is facilitating the project. "We see the deterioration, but we also see the beauty, we see the history, we see Philadelphia's past."