Sculptor Alex Chinneck has a reputation for creating the extraordinary and he’s done it again with his latest piece, a giant upside down electricity pylon 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. Called ‘A Bullet from a shooting star’ it is part of the Landmark Project which in turn was part of the London Design Festival.
The land itself on which the sculpture has been installed was once heavily industrial and 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.
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 whose whole purpose was to melt. In Hackney, just before the Olympics he created an installation in an old warehouse in which all the windows were 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 that 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 and down towards the upside down pylon which you should be able to see with the towers of Canary Wharf in the background. Have a look and see what you think.
A Bullet from a Shooting Star Gallery