Katharina Grosse: psychylustro
Mural Arts Philadelphia
Katharina Grosse, psychylustro, 2014, view of the Drama Wall (site 3) from a moving train. Benjamin Moore acrylic indoor paint. Photo by Steve Weinik for Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Katharina Grosse, psychylustro, 2014, site 6 (Warehouse), installation. Benjamin Moore acrylic indoor paint. Photo by Steve Weinik for Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Katharina Grosse, psychylustro, 2014, site 6 (Warehouse). Benjamin Moore acrylic indoor paint. Photo by Steve Weinik for Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Taking the form of a massive episodic painting along a five-mile stretch of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, this impermanent public art project by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse is viewed from the windows of a moving train. Grosse, who typically uses industrial spray guns to apply brilliant color directly upon the walls, ceilings, and floors of museums, trained a team of Philadelphia residents to paint the outdoor, gritty urban surfaces that thousands of passengers zoom past every day. "The great diversity of untamed nature, found architecture, and layers of other painted expression offer an exciting and inspiring context for my work," she says. Guest-curated by Elizabeth Thomas, this project represents a radical stylistic departure for Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates: from a social or magic realism to a hot-hued, aggressive, gestural abstraction. Mural Arts partnered with Amtrak to disseminate informational pamphlets in each train seat back, allowing train passengers to access the project website directly, as well as a phone-based audio guide with sounds and music chosen by Grosse.