The London Design Festival spans dozens of locations, includes hundreds of exhibitors and has one clear mission: to prove that our city is the capital of design. With so many other great London events in September, make sure that you mark out Sat Sep 19 – Sun Sep 27 to explore this celebration of craft and design.
With some mighty London museums at its helm, plus many other events going on in ‘design districts’ across the city, there’s no need to be overwhelmed – we’ve picked the highlights below so you can design your ideal visit to London Design Festival 2015.
A Bullet from a Shooting Star by Alex Chinneck
This massive steel sculpture was commissioned by the London Design Festival in collaboration with Greenwich Peninsula, and references the industrial history of the site it will be poking out of. British sculptor Alex Chinneck’s 35-metre tall inverted electricity pylon weighs 15 tons, and will be visible from North Greenwich station, the Thames Clipper, the Emirates Airline cable car, Canary Wharf and planes flying to and from City Airport. By night it will be illuminated, becoming a beacon and projecting a lattice of shadows onto the ground below.
Heartbeat by Charles Pétillon
Ever wondered what 100,000 big white balloons would look like? That’s what French artist Charles Pétillon has put together to form Heartbeat, his first public art installation, which fills the South Hall of the Grade II-listed Victorian Market Building. Part of the London Design Festival, Pétillon’s balloons are illuminated with a gently pulsing white light, hence the title of the work.
The installation comprises over 600 custom-made Swarovski crystals scaled up to 2.5 times their regular size and displayed in a grid pattern within a frame of matte black aluminium. A roll of vividly printed mesh runs in a continuous loop inside the two aluminium faces – moving up one side and down the other. As light shines through the graphic mesh and the crystals, the pattern and colour is projected and distorted, creating an ephemeral and dynamic effect that brings the crystal to life and draws the eye upward. At the top of the structure – which can be viewed from the Contemporary Ceramics gallery – the crystal grid pattern fans out in a crescendo of colour and light.
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The Ogham Wall
Inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet, which dates from around the 4th century, The Ogham Wall interprets letters from this ancient language as an architectural construct of three-metre-high cast concrete ‘fins’. A central linear element brings order to the installation, with an arrangement of smaller perpendicular and angled fins projecting off it to create an abstract rendering of each letter.
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