Tate Modern

Tate Modern

A new artwork by Tania Bruguera was installed at Tate Modern’s Turbine hall in response to the migration problem.

The Evening Standard describe it as “possibly the most radical and unsettling intervention yet”. The art installation in the Turbine Hall shows the migration as a never ending crisis and hides a photographic portrait of a Syrian refuge.

The portrait depicts the face of  a young man, Yousef who left Syria in 2011. He is now studying biomedical science and works for the NHS. His portrait is hidden under a heat sensitive floor. When enough people come together and apply heat to the floor, his portrait is revealed.

Anglia Decor played a key role in providing a protective resin coating to the 3200m2 floor.
We were contacted by Tate Modern’s team who were looking to create a heat-sensitive floor which would reveal the image of the Syrian refuge

Plastic floor tiles were fitted to protect the Turbine Hall’s original floor. To that a primer coat and two coats of a black paint were applied. The artwork was spray applied using heat reactive thermochromic paint, bringing the creative idea to life. The artwork is only revealed when people apply heat to the floor.

Our floor painters applied the anti slip polyaspartic coating to the 3200m2 ground floor and added a matt protective coating to a 400m2 section. We completed this project on schedule and were happy to work around the rest of Tate’s in house team.



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