Sculptor Alex Chinneck has a reputation for creating the extraordinary. He’s done it again with his latest piece. A giant upside down electricity pylon called ‘A Bullet From a Shooting Star’ close to the 02 on the Greenwich Peninsula.
On waste ground just outside of North Greenwich station. The sculpture is constructed out of 1186 metres of steel weighing 15 tonnes. It is part of the Landmark Project which in turn was part of the London Design Festival.
The land itself on which ‘A Bullet From a Shooting Star’ has been installed was once heavily industrial. A home to the largest oil and gas works in Europe. According to the information board describing the piece; “the sculptures latticed construction and materiality reflect architectural structures across the peninsula”. Particularly, it says, that of the now-redundant gas tower which can be seen in the background.
Alex Chinneck Sculptures in London
Chinneck is known for his large scale, seemingly impossible works. Last year in Covent Garden he created a floating facade. Whilst in Bermondsey he build a house out of wax bricks the whole purpose of which was to melt. In Hackney, just before the Olympics, he created an installation in an old warehouse. All the windows had been smashed in the same way.
This time his work can be seen within the spectacular shadow of Canary Wharf and the dome of the Millenium Dome. On waste ground. It will shortly form part of the wider ongoing development of this area. It is quite a sight.
Accessed from North Greenwich station. To see it just exit from the Canary Wharf side, walk over the road and follow the hoardings round to the right. Then head down towards the upside down pylon. You should be able to see it with the towers of Canary Wharf in the background. Have a look and see what you think.