London Design Festival 2015: British artist Alex Chinneck has revealed a 35-metre-tall latticed steel sculpture resembling an upside-down electricity pylon for this year’s London Design and style Festival .

Named A Bullet From A Shooting Star, the semi-long lasting installation by London-based mostly sculptor Alex Chinneck takes its cues from the industrial structures about the River Thames in London. The massive framework leans at an angle and is created to appear like its been shot into the earth.


Chinneck, who specialises in architectural installations featuring optical illusions, was also the artist behind a home in Margate with a slumping brick facade and a levitating developing in Covent Garden’s Piazza.

His most current 35-metre-tall sculpture, which is embedded in a pit of gravel on the Greenwich Peninsula in south-east London, is among the highlights of this year’s London Design Festival chosen by Dezeen design and style editor Dan Howarth.


“It is an very peculiar and unusual plot of land and it offered this extraordinary platform for sculptural ambition,” Chinneck told Dezeen at a preview of the installation earlier today.

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“You cannot dig 25-metre-deep foundations and pour 420 tonnes of concrete in Covent Backyard Piazza so in numerous methods it was quite liberating, but it was also a curse because the devil in me set an extraordinary challenge,” added Chinneck.


Above 1180 metres of steel had been employed to produce the latticed framework, which weighs 15 tonnes and sits on foundations dug 25 metres into the ground. A 120 tonne counterweight – related to that utilized to ballast his Covent Garden set up final yr – makes it possible for the sculpture to seem to balance on its quite narrow tip.

Its positioning on the edge of the River Thames in Greenwich indicates the sculpture sits against a backdrop of London’s iconic Millennium Dome and the remains of the latticed towers that as soon as formed Europe’s greatest fuel-works.


“Like all my function it was a contextual response,” explained Chinneck. “The backdrop is outstanding, it has this visual material language of latticed steel, and that latticed steel and language of cables which is also on the [Millennium dome] and the leaning steel components.”

“It has this rich historical past of energy generation and supply and so it was considering about the latticed steel and this background that led to me to electrical power pylons,” he additional.


The set up occupies an empty plot on the Greenwich Peninsula, which will be redeveloped more than the program of the up coming 20 years to provide 15,000 new homes.

Although the compound the sculpture stands in will be locked following the finish of the London Style Festival on 27 September, a broad tarmac path all around its outskirts is intended to let guests to see the shifting latticed shadows the construction casts on its surroundings until finally it is removed for the site’s development.

A bullet from a shooting star by Alex Chinneck An aerial photograph showing Alex Chinneck’s A Bullet From A Shooting Star. Photograph by DigitalWasp

“You have the water there and its not specifically interrupted by any surrounding buildings. Its some of the greatest light you can see in London and it silhouettes totally everything in its path,” said the artist.

Illuminated at evening, it will also create a beacon for passing autos on the close by A12 road and for planes passing overhead on their arrival to and from the City Airport, as properly as the Emirates cable automobile that backlinks each banks of the River Thames and passing boat providers.

Straight jackets star jumps_Alex Chinneck_dezeen_1 Alex Chinneck’s Straight Jackets Star Jumps installation will be on show at the NOW Gallery

A sister installation – a 20-metre-extended coiled pylon – will be on display at the close by NOW Gallery from 19 September until 10 January 2016.

All through London Design and style Festival we will be re-gramming our favourite behind-the-scenes and visitor pictures from the official #LDF15 tag.

Photography is by Chris Tubbs, unless otherwise stated.



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