Whitstable artist Clare Beattie and her clay donkey
A clay donkey typing extracts of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights into a shredder sits in the middle of Margate station.
On the wall is a sinister, giant black insect pupa and on the platform a giant glittering edifice of champagne glasses. Some half full, some half empty.
Passengers arriving are charmed, bewitched, intrigued. They all stop in their tracks.
They may have come to see art at Turner Contemporary but Passenger, a pop-up art exhibition in this most distinctive gallery, is undoubtedly a bonus to their journey.
The pop-up show is a first for Southeastern but not likely to be the last - not least because Clare Beattie, the instigator and curator of Passenger, already has designs for a follow up at her home station in Whitstable, another Kent destination with a strong arts ethos.
She and her four fellow artists at Margate are MA students at the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury.
It is Clare’s donkey who types the ever changing UN declaration, surrounded by piles of shredded document for a piece entitled The Moving Finger Writes.
In the corner is another of Clare’s pieces, The Waiting Room, three somewhat moribund, disintegrating clay beasts sitting on a bench and, well, waiting.
The Waiting Room by Clare Beattie
Other work is by Victoria Fountas, and Gigi Yutz, both from Canterbury, Helen Poulteney, from Faversham, Angela Peer Mohammed, from Sevenoaks, and Angela Stocker.
Clare said Passenger was about sharing the work of local artists with a wider audience and celebrating Margate’s emerging and rising arts culture.
Sisters Leila-Pearl Fountas, five, and Evie Fountas, eight, from Canterbury study melancholy clay animal figures in The Waiting Room
She said: “I wanted to use Margate station because it’s a gateway to the town, a way to reach out to a very diverse demographic and extend the arts to a wider audience.
“We wanted to give passengers passing through a really interesting experience.
”The exhibition itself is about deconstruction and reconstruction, the passing of time and memory.”
Southeastern’s customer relations manager Alison Nolan said the show was a celebration of Margate’s “fantastic arts community” and building closer links with the community.
MA student Gigi Yutz and Steve Villette, of Margate Civic Society, discuss Gigi's art Fallen Memories from Heaven
There was certainly a reaction of surprise and fascination to glistening platform-piece Fallen Memories From Heaven by Gigi Yutz.
A former photojournalist with Marie Clare in Hong Kong, she had arrived at UCA and Canterbury via Berlin and spent two months painstakingly creating the stunning, sparkling work from 1,800 plastic champagne glasses.
Some broken, some whole, they hold varying quantities of water. The creation is ever-changing with light and breeze.
One interpretation of Fallen Memories is as a reflection on life, its promises, disappointments and rewards.
Added Gigi: “And I became their best friend in Poundland where I bought the glasses.”
Passenger will be at Margate station until Saturday, August 24. Admission is free.