Oliver East – Ardwick Station

“A couple of years ago, whilst exploring Ardwick train station, I found a ball point pen wedged into either side of the steps that lead onto the platform. I asked a few train spotters at Piccadilly if this was a “thing” trains spotters did, and it isn’t, but these pens had clearly been placed there on purpose and had been there some time. I drew the views from both ends of the station without waiting for the pens to begin working properly; due to them being exposed to the elements they took a while for the ink to flow.

Like a lot of train stations, Ardwick has a history of suicide, and there is a plague at the west end of the platform to one such victim. These drawings occurred whilst I was suffering from mental health problems myself, leading to suicidal thoughts (I’m on the mend now).


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