British designer Morag Myerscough has created a colourful installation in Paris that offers a fresh take on the phrase “a new normal”, which has become a popular way of referring to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Myerscough’s A New Now installation aims to encourage people to focus on the positive changes that have already occurred as a result of Covid-19, rather than trying to predict the long-term impacts it will have.

英國設計師莫拉格·邁爾斯庫夫(Morag Myerscough)在巴黎創造了一個色彩繽紛的裝置,為“新常態”一詞提供了新的含義,這已成為一種流行的表達冠狀病毒大流行影響的方式。

Myerscough的“ New Now”裝置旨在鼓勵人們關注Covid-19所帶來的積極變化,而不是試圖預測它將產生的長期影響。

“I am reacting against the phrase ‘a new normal’, which has been bandied about since the beginning of lockdown,” Myerscough told Dezeen. “For me, that was a waste of time – we were and are still living in ‘a new now’.”

“On many levels we are still experiencing the pause button,” she continued. “I believe it is impossible to predict the future. We can’t plan; we have to make the most of the here and now.”

“We have all experienced this together, we have had time that we have never had collectively before in the majority of our lifetimes to spend reflecting, to start understanding and rethinking about what is important to us as individuals, families, local communities and the global community.”

Myerscough告訴Dezeen:“自禁運開始以來,就一直在使用’新常態’這個詞,我對此做出反應。” “對我來說,那是浪費時間-我們曾經並且仍然生活在’新的現在’中。”

她繼續說:“在許多層面上,我們仍然遇到暫停按鈕。” “我相信無法預測未來。我們無法計劃;我們必須在此時此刻充分利用。”

“我們所有人都在一起經歷過,在我們一生的大部分時間裡,我們從未有過集體度過的時間,去反思,開始理解和重新思考對於我們個人,家庭,當地社區和全球人民而言重要的是什麼 社區。”

Located close to the Centre Pompidou in central Paris, the colourful installation was built in a small square alongside the 16th-century Saint-Merry church.

The eight-metre-tall installation was commissioned by Paris-based 6M3 Collective as part of its Embellish Paris initiative, which aims to draw attention to overlooked spaces in the heart of the city.

這座色彩繽紛的裝置靠近巴黎市中心的蓬皮杜藝術中心(Centre Pompidou),建於16世紀聖梅里教堂旁邊的小廣場上。

這座高八米的裝置是總部位於巴黎的6M3 Collective委託進行的,這是其Embellish Paris計劃的一部分,該計劃旨在吸引人們關注這座城市中心被忽視的空間。

Myerscough painted the installation, which is a combination of colourful, geometric shapes, in her signature style at her London studio over a three week period.

She hopes that the display will spark conversation as well as create “a feeling of empowerment and optimism”.

“I love that my work is like brightly coloured flowers that suddenly appear among often-grey urban architecture, bloom for a while, then disappear without a trace,” the designer explained.

“This piece is a beacon of multiple colours and chaotic geometric shapes, growing up from the ground and rising up to a strong neon statement: ‘A NEW NOW’ laid over a calm graduated sunrise, intended to spark the imagination of passers-by with simple, arresting confidence and powerful optimism.”




“這件燈塔是多種顏色和混沌幾何形狀的信標,從地面長成,並發出強烈的霓虹燈聲明:’A NEW NOW’躺在平靜的漸變日出上,旨在激發路人的想像力 簡單,令人振奮的信心和強大的樂觀態度。”

“I have always felt strongly that we need art in every form to challenge us, stimulate us and transport us from the everyday, but at this time particularly it is essential for our wellbeing,” Myerscough continued.

“It can be used to get messages out on the streets for everyone to engage with, respond to situations expressively and inquisitively, find ways to connect collectively, and raise peoples’ spirits.”

“Art and creativity is in all our souls, and without it we are missing the vitality of what makes us engaged as human beings,” she added.




With opportunities to visit museums being limited during the pandemic, Myerscough believes that we should take the opportunity to explore the potential of outdoor artworks in cities.

“At this present time, the current situation feels like a slow road to recovery,” she said.

“So we should see it as an opportunity to rethink how we use our outside spaces to make them work harder and be more experimental and expressive for everyone,” she continued.

“Our streets, buildings and open spaces should be playgrounds for public art and for making artworks that connect with communities, that give a sense of belonging and pride – it’s a powerful way of bringing people together and enriching our environment.”





London-based Myerscough also responded to the pandemic by creating “a message of thanks and love to our incredible dedicated frontline workers” on a billboard in Leeds.

She previously designed a brightly coloured cafe topped with plants in a revamped office building in London’s Broadgate and created colourful interiors for a David Adjaye-designed arts centre.


她之前曾在倫敦Broadgate的一棟經過改建的辦公樓中設計出色彩鮮豔的咖啡館,上面種滿了植物,並為David Adjaye設計的藝術中心設計了豐富多彩的室內設計。



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