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Phlegm Creates Installation at London’s Royal Opera House

The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in London recently commissioned Phlegm to create work for their annual contemporary arts festival, Deloitte Ignite. Curated by The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery’s Minna Moore Ede, the theme of this year's festival is mythology. In particular, the major focus is on the stories of Prometheus, the Titan who creates man from clay and tricks the Gods; and Leda and the Swan, the union of a mortal woman and the god Zeus disguised as a swan.

The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in London recently commissioned Phlegm to create work for their annual contemporary arts festival, Deloitte Ignite. Curated by The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery’s Minna Moore Ede, the theme of this year’s festival is mythology. In particular, the major focus is on the stories of Prometheus, the Titan who creates man from clay and tricks the Gods; and Leda and the Swan, the union of a mortal woman and the god Zeus disguised as a swan.

Phlegm’s use of traditional engraving techniques to prepare his murals was the key point of interest for the curator. His huge walls resembling giant engravings, with meticulous line work and rich details, seemed like a great way to visually re-tell these ancient stories. A storyteller with a sense for humor, Phlegm was chosen to bring new meaning to these myths. Mixing the elements from the actual legends with his signature characters and his own fairytale-like imagery, the London-based artist created three contributions to the event.

The main installation was a tiered panel structure created at the entrance to the Royal Opera House at the Covent Garden. Similar to his large installation for his February solo show at Howard Griffin Gallery (see our coverage here), this large piece is painted on a series of cutout panels. Three main pieces of this sculptural installation rise from the main structure and create a great sense of depth. Phlegm also created a large indoor mural that will stay on view for at least a year and is a great example of his hyper-detailed, illustration-like street art. Finally, he produced the preparatory sketch work for the larger works as copper etchings. These 9 A2 size etchings are meant to be a link between the outdoor sculpture and indoor mural and are currently displayed inside the Royal Opera House.

Preparatory sketches:

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