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Caledonian Road Tube worker causing a stir with whiteboard art

PUBLISHED: 15:15 11 April 2011

Eoin Quiry serenades Caledonian Road Tube worker Kim Kalan in front of one of her whiteboard masterpieces. Picture: Dieter Perry

Eoin Quiry serenades Caledonian Road Tube worker Kim Kalan in front of one of her whiteboard masterpieces. Picture: Dieter Perry

Dieter Perry

A TUBE worker who has been putting smiles on the faces of commuters with her marker pen art is to be immortalised in song.

Kim Kalan, 39, a customer services assistant at Caledonian Road station, Holloway, has been brightening up the ticket hall with her colourful and intricate whiteboard drawings – each accompanied by an upbeat message for the people passing through.

Her sunny artworks have made such an impression on one Holloway musician, Eoin Quiery, that he has written a song – and this month will head into the studio to record the track.

Ms Kalan, who lives in Crouch End, said: “When someone told me there was a song written about me I was quite disbelieving. Then he came in and serenaded me – I was gobsmacked. How often do people get a song written about them?”

The tube artist, who is a novelist in her spare time and is currently hunting for an agent for her first sci-fi fantasy book, has been decorating the boards for around a year. She does up to two a week, drawing in her breaks, when the station goes quiet and at the end of her shifts, with an array of fantastical landscapes, a Mona Lisa, a World Cup football match among her many striking works.

Mr Quiery, 35, a singer and guitarist, of Freegrove Road, Holloway, said: “The pictures just cheer everybody up when they are making their way into a work on a dreary morning. It’s great to see somebody with such a positive attitude. I wanted to capture her positivity in the music.”

He will record the song with his acoustic rock band Burning Wheel, who are working on an album, later this month.

He added: “I posted the pictures on Facebook and everyone has loved them. People around the world have been talking about them.”


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