To celebrate the opening of Tramshed, who better than Damien Hirst to create a new sculpture featuring a Hereford cow and cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank of formaldehyde? Cock and Bull (2012), suspended 4 metres above diners, forms part of the 'Natural History' series, Hirst's seminal collection of preserved animals. And alongside his monumental formaldehyde work, on the dizzying heights of the mezzanine level, is a depiction of the 1990s cartoon characters 'Cow and Chicken' (Cartoon Network) in the painting Beef and Chicken (2012).
Not to be elitist, Tramshed is on the Street Art London tour with representations from some of London’s finest street artists both inside and outside the building. RUN, an Italian wall painter graces our front door (only seen in the still of the night) and Dscreet, an Australian graffiti artists famous for his depictions of owls, has swathed our side wall with one of those aforementioned owls. And hiding at the back in Mini mark’s bar, is another interpretation of the Cock & Bull theme by Tom ‘Inkfetish’ Blackford.
If that wasn’t enough, the proprietor oversees it all from his plasticine viewpoint above the bar (by Henry Hudson).
Visit our very own art gallery below the Tramshed - The Cock 'n' Bull Gallery