The sculpture, more than eight metres high, is Myerscough’s first public response to the present day, and aims to establish an intention, to reconstruct a post-Covid "new now" and not a "new normal" which, the artist says, is a word he does not like.
Painted by Morag in her London studio in three weeks, the work is an assemblage of chaotic geometric shapes that rise up from the ground to a neon statement that makes it visible even at night. A NEW NOW wants to stimulate the imagination of passers-by towards confidence in the present and the future with joyful optimism.
Born and raised in London, Myerscough is fascinated by how colour, design and words can change urban environments and the perception of space and sense of place. Her energetic visual language is instantly recognisable, and resonates directly in everyone who encounters it - regardless of place or cultural background.
While museums and galleries adapt to the restrictions of the pandemic, public works of art such as A NEW NOW strive to bring a sense of belonging, embracing the opportunity to rebuild a new, more optimistic future and a shared identity, echoing the artist’s fundamental mantra of making people happy. The installation is located in a small square near the Centre Pompidou and the church of Saint-Merry and will be visible until December 2020.