Barebones: Rat Bar by admin on June 22, 2018

I once made the mistake of touching the side of a tube train as it slowed down along the platform. An attempt at showing a friend that it wasn’t going to be an inconvenience- touching a moving tube train- that it wasn’t going to hurt. It was a naive and immature moment, as if(!) my fingers weren’t going to become covered in dust and soot. The lesson I learnt? That the underground, it is dirty.

There’s that adage that you’re never further than 6ft away from a rat. This is a proverb that is actually true, or is at least an educated guess, unlike the classic myth that people on average eat eight or ten or however many spiders per week or per year in your sleep.

Of course, it’s not very cheerful to think about the sewage and the faces and the rats that flood and swarm under the ground below us, and it’s not very Cent. Sure, this is more of a Monday thought;  it’s one of those negative Monday thoughts one can’t help but have, like “Why is everybody in my way” or “English Summer rain, Nothing ever changes”, but today is Friday and the sun shines outside, and the weather ahead is as promising as ever.

So let’s talk about those who see opportunity in the hideous, in the banal and in what has rotten, for it takes a unique mind to become inspired to turn something grim into something artistic and reflective, to take everyday bromidic and sometimes even revolting locations and turn them into something special.

Just take this huge London ‘fatberg’, a disgusting congealed mass of congealed waste, which has been removed from the sewers after causing blockage, and will now become part of a museum exhibit. It’s full of grease, fat and non-flushable items like wet-wipes and condoms.

 

Check out the full article: http://centmagazine.co.uk/barebones-rat-bar/

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